Florida governor asked to reexamine 'stand your ground' case

In this undated photo made available by the Modell family, Ryan Modell, right, visits Paris with his father Sandy Modell. Sandy Modell is asking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to reopen the investigation into his son's 2016 shooting death during an altercation at Ryan Modell's Fort Myers, Fla., condominium complex.
Posted at 11:26 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 11:26:31-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's governor is being asked to reinvestigate the fatal shooting of a drunken man who knocked on the wrong door in the middle of the night.

Ryan Modell's father made the request this month. He wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to appoint a special prosecutor and a grand jury to examine Modell's death in March 2016.

Local prosecutors declined to charge shooter Steve Taylor, citing the state's “stand your ground" law. The law says people who justifiably believe they face death or great bodily harm can use deadly force without first retreating, but they cannot be the the confrontation's instigator.

Modell's father notes that Taylor followed his son after he had walked away.