What Happened On March 20th, 2016?
Ryan Modell was a friendly, athletic, successful young man. He and his girlfriend lived in a condominium complex made up of many identical buildings. After a night reveling over his new job, an intoxicated, celebratory Ryan returned to the correct unit number - of the wrong building. Ryan was in swim trunks and flip flops, unarmed. No doubt as confused as the man who came to the door, there was a heated exchange with the resident James "Steve" Taylor slamming the door on Ryan's foot, bloodying it. In the meantime, Taylor's wife called 911, describing a confused, drunk man and asking for police. The 911 operator confirmed that the man was gone; the door shut; and the homeowners were told to stay secure inside as police were on the way.
If Ryan had been shot at that front door, a claim of "Stand Your Ground" could have been made. But that wasn't what happened. Against police instruction, Taylor went outside and found Ryan two buildings - a hundred feet - away. He pointed his gun, equipped with a laser, at Ryan, and yelled at him. Ryan was seated, using a hose to wash off his foot. Neighbors heard yelling; and a single shot rang out. Ryan was shot in the chest from two feet away, after Taylor hunted him down...a hundred feet away from his own home.
Despite the police and detectives concluding and stating repeatedly that this was murder, the States Attorney has REFUSED TO BRING CHARGES, claiming (incorrectly and indefensibly) that Taylor was protected under Stand Your Ground laws. She is wrong.