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A man in Florida who shot his mother in the face cannot claim self-defense using the state's 'stand your ground' law

A man in Florida who shot and killed his mother during a dispute with his father unsuccessfully attempted to use the state's 'stand your ground' law to have the charges dismissed. Alexander Deltoro Jr., 32, is facing manslaughter charges in the death of his mother, 60-year-old Cindy Gale Deltoro, on …

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Nearly five years ago, a man in Florida shot his mother to death during a dispute with his father and recently attempted to have the charges dropped by invoking the state's 'stand your ground' law, but was unsuccessful.

Alexander Deltoro Jr., 32, faces manslaughter charges for the death of his 60-year-old mother, Cindy Gale Deltoro, on December 14, 2019. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Deltoro is accused in the death of his mother..

Deltoro Affidavit by kc wildmoon on Scribd

The incident occurred after the family had dinner to celebrate the son's 28th birthday. An argument between Deltoro and his father escalated upon returning home, leading to physical confrontation. Cindy Deltoro intervened to separate them.

After being separated from his father, Deltoro pulled out a hidden gun and shot his mother in the face.

During the court proceedings, the defendant claimed that he couldn't see clearly because his glasses had fallen off and that he believed his father was also armed.

He stated, “He raised his fist at me like he was going to punch me. He had me pushed against a wall. I saw his hand go into his pocket. I pretty much knew what he was going for.”

An affidavit mentioned that Deltoro attempted to retrieve his gun before shooting his mother, but she got in the way. Once separated, he aimed the firearm at his mother and fired a single shot.

Cindy Deltoro died at the scene after being struck in the face by the bullet.

Deltoro confessed to not having a permit for the concealed weapon and that he became 'aggravated' during the altercation, leading him to draw the firearm, although he did not intend to discharge it.

The judge ruled that Deltoro's self-defense argument under the 'stand your ground' law was not valid and ordered the case to proceed to trial.

[Featured image: Alexander Deltoro Jr./Margate Police Department]

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