Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill on June 9 that changed the “stand your ground” law, shifting the burden of proof to prosecution rather than defense. The change may greatly impact a “stand your ground” case in Escambia County, in which there was a death.
Traditionally in “stand your ground” cases, defense attorneys had to prove their client used deadly force when they were attacked or that they had a reasonable presumption of grievous bodily harm or death.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office completed its investigation Friday into a June 8 fatal shooting on Fairfield Drive. According to the heavily redacted ECSO incident report, the victim was Deanna Stevison, but the report does not give further information on the shooter or the narrative of the situation.
ECSO Maj. Andrew Hobbs said initially that the case appeared to be a “stand your ground” domestic violence-related death. He said that when police arrived on scene, the shooter and witnesses provided details on what happened. But he called it a “complicated situation.”
The trial will begin on Monday.