Man freed in controversial Stand Your Ground ruling is killed

A Hispanic man who was freed in a controversial Stand Your Ground ruling in the death of a car thief was shot and killed Tuesday.

Greyston Garcia, of Miami, was shot in the neck late Tuesday by a stray bullet as he drove his truck through the rough Liberty City section of Miami.

The Miami Herald reports that Garcia was caught in the middle of a gang shootout when he was killed.

An unidentified 16-year-old male was also shot and killed during the shootout.

In a controversial decision in March, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beth Bloom ruled Garcia acted in self-defense when he chased Pedro Roteta several blocks and stabbed him to death.

Garcia was inside his Little Havana home when he spotted Roteta stealing his car radio in January.

Judge Bloom ruled that Garcia was in fear for his life because the thief swung a bag filled with heavy car radios at him. A medical examiner testified that “a 4-6 pound bag of metal being swung at one’s head would lead to serious bodily injury or death,” her order said.

The judge said that under the law, Garcia “was well within his rights to pursue the victim and demand the return of his property,” and “the defendant had no duty to retreat and could lawfully pursue a fleeing felon who has stolen his property.”

Rather than call 911, Garcia went home, hid the knife and went to sleep. He later sold 2 of the car radios he took off of Roteta.

Garcia was killed while driving in the same truck that Roteta had broken into.

Garcia’s case drew national attention when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by a neighborhood watchman who claimed self-defense.

Thanks to loyal reader Julia L. for the tip!


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    • kingstonn

      sad.

    • Nita-No-Clothes

      Karma karma karma :coffee:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXPVcoXZkLg Mother Jefferson

      Liberty City aint no joke :coffee:

    • http://twitter.com/candyrayne215 spongebobfan

      THIS is what i was referring too months ago…wow karma

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI FeFe Feminine

      :no:

    • Smonae80

      Wow
      Mother Jefferson rt

    • kingstonn

      so he killed a dude, put the knife under his pillow, then went & sold two car radios from the dude he killed? yet he was freed? hm..

      *makes a mental note not to visit Florida*

    • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

      Cleans site to rifle just in case Zimmerman is freed and “Happens” onto my side of town… :coffee:

    • Bad Influence

      reap..sow. that ol’ chestnut

      KINGBEW!!!! *hugsies*

    • butterfly197420

      Dayummmmmm! Karma really is a bytch, huh?! No human LAW can erase the inevitable. Die by the sword, the way you live by the sword…

    • http://www.philly.com/ J Said it!

      We’re losing more soliders in the states than in iraq and afghanistan… And this dude was safer in custody!!! now thats cray when your chances of living is greater incarecrated than on the streets OMERICA!!!!!

    • OutsidetheBox

      Cause God dont like ugly…and aint too fond of purty neeva. :coffee:

    • http://www.vibedeck.com/brandoncharles BCinKS

      Florida is wild. Stand Your Ground law or not, I be dayumed if I chase down somebody over a car stereo or any other such property.

    • lady_cn

      :wtf: Sad story, but seriously karma’s a bish. :coffee:

    • http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qkt7Dx_uK5Y MzDimplez1123

      I need to know how you :chase: somebody in self defense!

      Hey Pretty Jay! :wave:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIBVMdplt94&feature=related OHoney

      Wow……….

    • KishaMinyonn

      So in FL you can chase somebody down and kill them because they stole your property. Then you in turn sell some of the property that was taken from others that you retrieved when you killed the person who stole from you. Then you go home, place the knife under your bed, and sleep like a baby and get to walk free because of a jacked up law that has more questions than answers.

    • KyCakes

      He looks ‘Rican….I like ‘ricans :yes:

    • Honycoatd – “need new haters… The old ones are starting to like me”

      This is yet another sad sorry and :pray: also for the family of the 16 yr old that died.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Wow no words :no:

    • pointhimout

      what goes around comes around??? idk bout this

    • I Go There

      Damn…

      folks crazy these days.

    • Bad Influence

      this website tho…

      damnit Sandy :shank:

    • KyCakes

      @Jenie still lovin’ that gravi…lil man fist pumpin and chit :lol:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      I tell ya that Karma is the truth, Zimmerman will have his day too :tea:

    • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

      So in FL you can chase somebody down and kill them because they stole your property. Then you in turn sell some of the property that was taken from others that you retrieved when you killed the person who stole from you. Then you go home, place the knife under your bed, and sleep like a baby and get to walk free because of a jacked up law that has more questions than answers.
      ________________
      Apparently so but we know who has the last word ULTIMATELY #GOD

    • MissHarlem

      MZ when you find out let me know bc :no:

    • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

      @His
      This chit is driving me crazy to the website

    • Ms. YaYa

      Wow…that is crazy :no:

    • Natasha38

      This Stand Your Ground Law is crazy…

    • KyCakes

      This day is sooooooo slow :wail:

      I wanna go home and read my new book :sad:

      :wait: Hurry up, wednesday….chit

    • butterfly197420

      @ Honey – Imma have to steal your mantra! That’s ca-ute!

    • Honycoatd – “need new haters… The old ones are starting to like me”

      This site is acting like there is a hurricane emergency and you are lining up waiting to buy necessities before the storm hit. It is making my 30 mins so by slowly.

    • KyCakes

      BCinKS says:

      Florida is wild. Stand Your Ground law or not, I be dayumed if I chase down somebody over a car stereo or any other such property.
      ——————————————————————
      And I’ll be dayumed if I just stand there lke boo boo the fool while someone jacks my hard earned possessions….

      I guess it would depend on how much of a crimefighter I’m feeling like on that particular day…. :think:

    • WUT-IZ-SWAGU

      okay Sandimae Jenkins… what’s the biz with your site pumpkin? :waiting: the onliest time I can sneak on this and it’s fuggin up!!!

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      24

      KyCakes says:

      @Jenie still lovin’ that gravi…lil man fist pumpin and chit
      _____________________

      Yeah lil man get me through the week at this job :lol:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jsZhYyyPuI FeFe Feminine

      :peace: the site is acting crazy…see everyone tomorrow!

    • http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498 Daddy Warbucks

      *test* technical difficulties?

    • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

      @Kycakes
      IDK boo even the law tells cashiers to not try and accost a thief

    • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

      SEE U STAB SOMEBODY AND THINK U CAN GET AWAY WITH IT.. NOT WITH HISPANICS :cry: KARMA THO IS A B!TCH

    • Ididntreallymeanit

      Was this on the first 48 because it seems familiar

    • kingstonn

      :hug: @ his & kita.

    • Bibi

      So I’m the only one that thinks he looks like Zimmerman in this pic?? :kona:

    • Anna

      Choco aka Hippie says:

      @Kycakes
      IDK boo even the law tells cashiers to not try and accost a thief
      ~~~~
      You sure can’t. Most employers will fire you.

    • KyCakes

      Choco aka Hippie says:

      @Kycakes
      IDK boo even the law tells cashiers to not try and accost a thief
      ——————————————————————-
      Why so Formal, Choc? :think: :lol:

      Yes. The owners tell their employees not to resist/fight back, because the store would be liable. Completely different for fighting for your own chit…

      Other than stupid petty ish (DVD’s CD’s) I’ve never been got for my possessions….I’m passionate about what I work hard for. I wish a ninja would try me…. Hmph

      Oh and :hugs:

    • lisaROSE

      wow he look crazzzyyyy

    • !*LaKErCHiC@*!

      KINGSTON BEEEWWWTIFUUUL :kiss:

    • luVn_liFe…

      Yup this was on the First 48

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

      God don’t like ugly. He really don’t Mr. Garcia. That law is outrageous. I will never comprehend what the point of passing it was.

    • yallcrazy

      Bird, I saw a special on the fact that the law wasn’t asked for :no: it was paid for by nra group. You hear about this?

      Butterfly I welcomed you and ish earlier :waiting:

    • http://www.landofpure.net Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

      Bird says:

      God don’t like ugly. He really don’t Mr. Garcia. That law is outrageous. I will never comprehend what the point of passing it was.

      so zimmerman could murder Trayvon without consequence :coffee:

      RIP Trayvon

    • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

      @Yall
      Please explain why I followed you upstairs like a kitten whose hungry

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

      yallcrazy says:

      I saw a special on the fact that the law wasn’t asked for it was paid for by nra group.
      *************************

      Now what now??? Yet they say the ones using it to get off the most are criminals like Mr. Garcia.

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Bird says:

      Yet they say the ones using it to get off the most are criminals like Mr. Garcia.
      _________________

      That judge was on something when she let him off. He chased the guy, stabbed him to death, went home, hid the knife and went to sleep. He didn’t call 911. Then he sold 2 of the radios that he took from the thief. Yet the judge didn’t have a problem with any of that? :no:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      @ WUT-IZ-SWAGU: we’re looking into the problem, hun. It’s the blog traffic. Thank you for your patience. :pc:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      @ Honycoatd : My apologies to you and everyone who has been affected by the technical difficulties. Thank you for your patience.

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Mother Jefferson says:

      Liberty City aint no joke
      _____________

      When I lived in Miami I didn’t stray into Liberty City after dark. And that was 20 years ago. :no:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9HZk8q2eh4 laykeya

      That’s why I just love that bytch named Karma.

    • missmiami

      Wow, i saw this on the First 48. He was having a little baby at the time. Man, I rode through the City a few months back and gave Glory to God for getting my parents out that area when we were kids. It was fun back then but thakfully we moved up and out. Hasn’t been the same.

    • free

      zimmy will probably walk. this law is looking more and more like a license to kill at will.

    • Chgoprime

      Seeing a pattern in Fl, looks like this law benefits Latinos….

    • Chgoprime

      Did anyone hear of the guy in Tx who attempted to use the stand your ground law?

      He murdered a white neighbor, he is now sentenced to 40 years, he is hispanic…….

    • FuturedocDonte

      :whistle:

      Say, what goes around comes back around…Hey…My baby

    • Aprilbaby

      I’m extra late, but I remember this from First 48! Kind of felt sorry for him when he got arrested. He was really fed up with people breaking into his car and he stabbed dude once. He just so happened to die. No one was right in the situation. But when you work for your ish you don’t expect people to steal it. Bad story all around!

    • 2012myyear

      i knew i wasnt crazy ..he was on the first 48 …i remember this episode..they had it on tape