A ‘Stand Before You’ petition has been filed in a fatal shooting case outside St. Augustine’s Bar
St. Augustine, Florida. A ‘Stand on the Ground’ petition has been filed in the case of the fatal shooting of Adam Omoya, the man who investigators say was killed during an altercation outside Dos Gatos in St. Augustine.
Luis Casado has been charged with premeditated murder and carrying a concealed firearm in the May shooting.
In the petition, Casado’s attorney, Patrick Canaan, stated that Umoya and another man “suddenly and collectively began attacking Casado” “without apparent reason.”
Casado was seen speaking with several of Umoya’s friends outside the pub, a conversation the petition says “was of no real importance and certainly nothing threatening.” The petition stated that “Umoya, intoxicated and leaning against the wall, suddenly became aggressive and insisted that Mr. Casado leave immediately,” even though Casado “did nothing to incite rudeness or violence.”
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The petition stated that before Casado had a chance to “understand Mr. Amoia’s strange request,” Amoia pushed him, then hit him in the face, and took off his glasses, leaving Casado legally blind. It is reported that the other man then punched Casado and Umoya then hit Casado four more times in the face, when “Casado found himself forced against a wall.”
The petition stated that after hitting Amoya Casado two more times, he “was afraid for his life and fired his firearm to avoid serious bodily injury or even death.”
The petition states that the sequence took 15 seconds and was recorded in a surveillance video. Casado’s lawyer points out that his client has no prior criminal history, but that both Umoya and the other man have.
Attorney Jen Nichols, who is not affiliated with the case, spoke with News4Jax about the petition.
“If the court decides to reject this proposal, it does not mean that Mr. Casado will not present a self-defense (allegation), which would in essence be much the same. At trial, it is clear that Mr. Casado will defend himself to an extent,” Nichols said. Big in the same way it can withstand your earthly motion.”
The petition also included a report of the poisons on Umaia’s body from the coroner. Amoia’s party blood alcohol level was 0.26, more than three times the legal driving limit in Florida. The report found that he also had hydrocodone and marijuana in his system.
“What you will see is that the attorney general’s office is going to put together all the evidence that they think will overcome your situation to explain what Mr. Casado was doing, what mistakes he made, why he could have done. They walked away from the situation, whatever they could establish,” Nichols explained. .
A judge has set April as the date for the hearings on the ground.
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