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‘Stand ground’ man shot dead in Miami

The Associated Press

First Published Jun 27 2012 01:30 pm • Last Updated Jun 27 2012 09:53 pm

Miami • A man who won a controversial ruling under Florida’s "stand your ground" self-defense law has been fatally shot in Miami.

Police told The Miami Herald that 26-year-old Greyston Garcia was killed late Tuesday by a stray bullet during a shootout between rival gangs. Garcia was shot in his truck while driving to work. A 16-year-old boy also died.

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Police don’t believe Garcia was involved with the gangs.

Garcia in March successfully invoked the "stand your ground" law to win immunity from murder charges. Garcia claimed self-defense when he chased and fatally stabbed a radio thief who had broken into his truck. The man had swung a bag containing radios at Garcia.

Garcia’s case won national attention because of the self-defense law’s role in the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin.




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