• Teens charged with fatally beating 15-year-old in Winter Park file Stand Your Ground motions

    By: Field Sutton


    WINTER PARK, Fla. - Two teens accused of beating 15-year-old Roger Trindade to death last year in Winter Park have filed Stand Your Ground motions. 

    A hearing on those motions is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Juvenile Justice Center. 

    Simeon Hall, 15, and Jesse Sutherland, 15, are charged with manslaughter in Trindade’s death.

    The boys are accused of punching Trindade in downtown Winter Park's Central Park in October 2016.

    Read: Autopsy: Winter Park teen died of blunt force trauma

    Trindade was removed from life support following a two-day hospitalization.

    Police also arrested Jagger Gouda, 14, in connection with the death.

    Watch: 'He was a good son,' Roger Trindade's mother says

    Gouda is accused of spraying Trindade with skunk spray and threatening a middle school student, saying "she would pay" if she told anyone about the beating.

    Listen: 911 calls made day of beating

    Gouda was charged with witness tampering and battery, charges to which he pleaded no contest.

    According to prosecutors and police, eyewitnesses said they watched the teens pick a fight with Trindade when he was trying to walk away. 

    "It's just not a fact situation that the legislature contemplated when enacting this Stand Your Ground law," said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer. "The likelihood that this judge is going to grant this motion under these facts is highly unlikely. Very remote."

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