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Man was cleared under 'Stand Your Ground,' then shot to death on Miami street

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Greyston Garcia was cleared by a judge in March using Florida's Stand Your Ground law after chasing down a suspected burglar and stabbing him to death

A man who avoided a murder charge just months ago thanks to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law was one of two men shot to death in Miami Tuesday night.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m., Miami police spokesman Sgt. Freddie Cruz said.

Cruz said officers responded to the area and found a young black male lying on a side street shot and unconscious. A second victim, another black male, was found shot inside a black pickup truck just feet away.


The man found in the street was pronounced dead at the scene by Miami Fire Rescue. The second victim was taken to a hospital but died on the way, Cruz said.

According to the Miami Herald, the man shot in the truck was Greyston Garcia, who was granted immunity in March under the controversial self-defense law following a stabbing.

Garcia had chased down and stabbed a thief who had broken into his truck after the thief swung a bag filled with heavy car radios at him,
according to the Herald.

Police believe Garcia was an innocent bystander in Tuesday's shooting, the Herald reported.

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Family members identified the man found shot in the street as 16-year-old Ronald Jones.

"You know, seeing my baby brother laying out here and you know, that's just an image that I'll never forget," sister Ronchel Jones said. "Everybody loved him, he was loving, caring, funny."

Cruz said police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

"This is like a big puzzle we're trying to put together," Cruz said. "We're not sure if these gentlemen were shooting at each other or if we have a third party that's at large that is responsible for the shooting."

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