Prosecute this man who killed Carlos 18 years of age
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Prosecute this man who killed Carlos 18 years of age

    1. Petition by

      Jennifer Martinez

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Thomas Baker went jogging after midnight one day in November, wearing a pistol loaded with hollow-point bullets. When a teen attacked him, he fired eight times.

Carlos Mustelier, 18, died. But prosecutors said Tuesday that Baker won't be charged. They were convinced he acted in self-defense.

Florida's "stand-your-ground" law was a factor in their decision, office spokesman Mark Cox said. Passed in 2005, the law gives people the right to use deadly force anywhere, as long as they "reasonably believe" the force is necessary to stop the other person from hurting them.

Baker told detectives Mustelier punched him in the face.

He thought Mustelier was armed, he reported in a videotaped interview, conducted about five hours after the shooting.

So Baker reached for his own gun.

"When you go running at night in the neighborhood, do you normally arm yourself with a firearm?" a detective asked.

"I always have it on me, unless I'm going to the courthouse," Baker replied.

Detectives corroborated his story through other interviews, made public Tuesday.

His brother and a friend told detectives that Baker usually jogged after midnight. Baker said he had been running for about a week and a half, trying to get in shape to join the military.

He's unemployed but told detectives he makes money fixing friends' cars. He had just been paid for car work and a part, he said, and that's why he had a lot of cash in his pocket, $950.

It was legal for him to carry a gun. Baker had a concealed weapon permit, good through May, records show.

The night of the shooting, Mustelier had walked to the Beverage King on Waters Avenue with a 16-year-old friend. On their way, they passed Baker. Mustelier told the friend he planned to rob Baker, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

After going to the store, they passed Baker again, and Mustelier said, "I'm gonna knock him out," according to the report.

That's when Mustelier lunged at Baker, swinging his fists, the report states.

The 16-year-old told detectives that Baker responded, "You wanna play games? You wanna play games?"

Baker said he was punched in the face. His lip was cut and his vision blurred, he told detectives.

That's when he grabbed his gun, he said in the recorded interview.

The 16-year-old ran. When he turned, he saw Mustelier standing in the middle of the street with a red laser dot on him.

Eight shots rang out. Four bullets hit Mustelier: one in the chest, two in the back and one in the buttocks.

He didn't have a pulse when authorities arrived.

The 16-year-old ran to a nearby house. Baker stayed. He willingly went with detectives to be interviewed, the report states, and he didn't bring a lawyer.

 

 

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      Jennifer Martinez
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      thank you everyone for all the support ! i believe we can change what happen ! i believe this will come to justice ! I know Carlos will be at peace !

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    • raven jarrett TAMPA, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      That was one of my close friends. Hung out with him almost everyday. Now I don't have nothing but memories. I want tom to pay.

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    • khari graham TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      the happiness of my family my friends and this world

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    • Jerica Walters TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because no one deserves to leave earth that way.

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    • jeff friedel GAINESVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Los needs justice

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    • Jeremy Campusano TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Its was Unjustice what happen and he was a close firend

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