A 15-year-old who fatally stabbed his school mate will no longer face criminal prosecution.
A judgeÃ?Â¢??s ruling, made public Tuesday, granted a motion to dismiss the second-degree murder charge against Jorge Saavedra in the death of 16-year-old Dylan Nuno on the grounds that he acted in self-defense under FloridaÃ?Â¢??s Ã?Â¢??Stand Your GroundÃ?Â¢?? law. The State AttorneyÃ?Â¢??s Office has indicated that it will not appeal the ruling.
NunoÃ?Â¢??s family and friends criticized Collier County Circuit Judge Lauren BrodieÃ?Â¢??s decision, calling it Ã?Â¢??unbelievableÃ?Â¢?? and Ã?Â¢??heartbreaking.Ã?Â¢??
Ã?Â¢??We know this wasnÃ?Â¢??t the right decision,Ã?Â¢?? said DylanÃ?Â¢??s aunt, Adriana Nuno.Ã?Â¢??(The judge) is showing those kids itÃ?Â¢??s OK to get away with murder.Ã?Â¢??
Saavedra, who was 14 at the time of the stabbing, was charged as a juvenile. If found guilty, the former Palmetto Ridge High student would have been released by the age of 21.
BrodieÃ?Â¢??s ruling concluded that Saavadra, who said he was bullied and tried avoid a fight with Nuno, did not act unlawfully. She added that Saavadra had more than enough reason to believe he was in danger of death or great bodily harm.
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