One teen is dead, stabbed to death by another teen and the Florida courts have dismissed all charges on the basis of something called the “Stand Your Ground” law.
Dylan Nuno, 16, followed Jorge Saavedra when the 14-year-old got off the bus one day last January. Saavedra got off several stops earlier than planned but Nuno trailed him nonetheless.
There was a fight set to take place between the boys that day but Saavedra clearly wanted none of it. Nuno punched Saavedra in the back of the skull while the younger teen tried to get away. Jorge Saavedra then turned around and stabbed Dylan Nuno twelve times in the chest and abdomen killing Nuno. Now a Florida court just returned a verdict stating that Saavedra acted in self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The State Attorney’s Office has indicated that it will not appeal the ruling. No further criminal charges will be pursued against the now 15-year-old.
Collier County Circuit Judge Lauren Brodie stated that by getting off the bus several stops before the location where the fight was to happen, Saavedra “demonstrated that, with or without a knife, (he) had no desire to fight with Dylan Nuno.”
Brodie also went on to say further on in the statement that Saavedra had “no duty to retreat” and was “legally entitled to meet force with force, even deadly force.”
“The defendant was in a place where he had a right to be and was not acting unlawfully. He had more than enough reason to believe he was in danger of death or great bodily harm … (He) was under attack from the first punch to the back of his head until he stabbed Dylan Nuno.”
Some people are saying that one, maybe two or three stabs would have been okay but 12 stabs is overkill. But those people are idiots and somehow don’t manage to grasp the fact that even one stab to the heart is enough to kill you. But it’s Florida, so I guess that’s okay.
Saavedra’s lawyer, Donald Day, called the case “a tragedy all the way around.”
“My reaction is there is no winner at all in this case,” Day said. “My client’s family feels terribly for the Nuno family.”
(Source: Naples News)