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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    65 Responses to “Man freed in controversial Stand Your Ground ruling is killed”

    1. 1
      kingstonn says:

      sad.

    2. 2
      Nita-No-Clothes says:

      Karma karma karma :coffee:

    3. 3

      Liberty City aint no joke :coffee:

    4. 4
      spongebobfan says:

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

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    6. 6
      Smonae80 says:

      Wow
      Mother Jefferson rt

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      kingstonn says:

      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*

    8. 8
      WUT-IZ-SWAGU says:

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

    9. 9
      Bad Influence says:

      reap..sow. that ol’ chestnut

      KINGBEW!!!! *hugsies*

    10. 10
      butterfly197420 says:

      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…

    11. 11
      J Said it! says:

      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!!!!!

    12. 12
      OutsidetheBox says:

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

    13. 13
      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.

    14. 14
      lady_cn says:

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

    15. 15

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

      Hey Pretty Jay! :wave:

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      OHoney says:

      Wow……….

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      KishaMinyonn says:

      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.

    18. 18
      KyCakes says:

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

    19. 19
      Honycoatd - "need new haters... The old ones are starting to like me" says:

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

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    21. 21
      pointhimout says:

      what goes around comes around??? idk bout this

    22. 22
      I Go There says:

      Damn…

      folks crazy these days.

    23. 23
      Bad Influence says:

      this website tho…

      damnit Sandy :shank:

    24. 24
      KyCakes says:

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

    25. 25

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

    26. 26

      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

    27. 27
      MissHarlem says:

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

    28. 28

      @His
      This chit is driving me crazy to the website

    29. 29
      Ms. YaYa says:

      Wow…that is crazy :no:

    30. 30
      Natasha38 says:

      This Stand Your Ground Law is crazy…

    31. 31
      KyCakes says:

      This day is sooooooo slow :wail:

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

      :wait: Hurry up, wednesday….chit

    32. 32
      butterfly197420 says:

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

    33. 33
      Honycoatd - "need new haters... The old ones are starting to like me" says:

      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.

    34. 34
      KyCakes says:

      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:

    35. 35
      WUT-IZ-SWAGU says:

      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!!!

    36. 36

      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:

    37. 37

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

    38. 38

      *test* technical difficulties?

    39. 39

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

    40. 40
      !*LaKErCHiC@*! says:

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

    41. 41
      Ididntreallymeanit says:

      Was this on the first 48 because it seems familiar

    42. 42
      kingstonn says:

      :hug: @ his & kita.

    43. 43
      Bibi says:

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

    44. 44
      Anna says:

      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.

    45. 45
      KyCakes says:

      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:

    46. 46
      lisaROSE says:

      wow he look crazzzyyyy

    47. 47
      !*LaKErCHiC@*! says:

      KINGSTON BEEEWWWTIFUUUL :kiss:

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      Yup this was on the First 48

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      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.

    50. 50
      yallcrazy says:

      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:

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      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

    52. 52

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

    53. 53
      Bird says:

      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.

    54. 54
      Sandra Rose says:

      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:

    55. 55
      Sandra Rose says:

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

    56. 56
      Sandra Rose says:

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

    57. 57
      Sandra Rose says:

      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:

    58. 58
      laykeya says:

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

    59. 59
      missmiami says:

      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.

    60. 60
      free says:

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

    61. 61
      Chgoprime says:

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

    62. 62
      Chgoprime says:

      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…….

    63. 63
      FuturedocDonte says:

      :whistle:

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

    64. 64
      Aprilbaby says:

      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!

    65. 65
      2012myyear says:

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

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