|Published:||Nov 02, 2012 10:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Nov 03, 2012 12:41 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - A Collier County man charged with second degree murder is given immunity after a judge granted a Stand Your Ground motion Friday.
The motion means 47-year-old Gonzalo Venegas is cleared from prosecution in a 2008 deadly stabbing that took place at the Collier County Courthouse.
After a four year legal fight, a judge dismissed second degree murder charges against Venegas.
In 2008, Venegas and Oscar Quintero were working construction on the Collier County Courthouse project.
According to reports, the two were arguing for several days. Then on April 29, witnesses say Venegas stabbed Quintero.
As the case played out in court, Venegas' attorney Donald Day argued his client was defending himself after Quintero punched him.
In response to the Stand Your Ground ruling Day said: "It has been a long four year ride for Mr. Venegas. He was finally able to prove his innocence and we were very happy all the evidence came out showing he acted in self defense. It was unfortunate that there was a fatality, however, people do have he right to defend themselves."
Prosecutors can appeal the decision but the State Attorney's Office tells me a decision has not yet been made.