Judge Denies Derossett’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Motion After Shooting BCSO Deputy In 2015

By  //  September 14, 2018

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Derossett shot BCSO Agent Casey Smith during a sting operation

Judge Robin Lemonidis denied John F. Derossett’s “Stand Your Ground” motion after she found that the defendant’s actions failed to meet the standard of proof required under the Florida Statute. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Judge Robin Lemonidis denied John F. Derossett’s “Stand Your Ground” motion after she found that the defendant’s actions failed to meet the standard of proof required under the Florida Statute.

On August 20, 2015, Derossett was arrested for shooting BCSO Agent Casey Smith during a sting operation.

In her written decision Judge Lemonidis wrote in part, “as the defendant stated that he did not fire his gun until after the individuals had “scattered” into the yard, and his niece was clearly inside his house, it was not reasonable for the Defendant to believe that there was an imminent threat from the individuals. As there was no imminent threat to the Defendant, the firing of the Defendant’s gun was completely unprovoked per the statute and therefore unjustified.”

With this decision the case is now set for docket review on October 5 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Lemonidis at the Historic Titusville Courthouse.

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