Beswick then ran out the front door. Beswick ran around the apartment building, set up outside the bedroom window and waited about five minutes.
From just a few yards away, he saw “[DeJesus’s] hands part the window blinds” in an attempt to climb out, according to a Miami-Dade police report. Beswick fired the last fatal volley; DeJesus’ body, mortally wounded, crumpled back into the bedroom.
At a January bond hearing, prosecutor Dawn Kulick told a judge that Beswick was not in danger after leaving the building.
“He no longer needed to use force to defend himself,” she told the judge.
Detectives were also puzzled by Beswick’s behavior. He dialed three outside numbers before calling 911 after the first volley of shots, hid the handgun after the second and gave police shifting versions of what happened.
As for DeJesus, records show he had been arrested at least eight times since age 15, mostly for minor drug, trespassing and vehicle theft charges.
Many prosecutors have criticized the “Stand Your Ground” law for hampered prosecutions. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle served on a governor’s task force aimed at reviewing the law.
It has played out in several high-profile murder cases.
Prosecutors were forced to drop a 2008 case involving a North Miami-Dade man who shot and killed his ex-wife’s new lover as the man sat in his car. The gunman fired 15 shots, claiming the new lover was threatening him and appeared to reaching for a weapon.
Detectives did find a handgun in the car, not within immediate reach, but hidden underneath a pile of laundry in the back seat.
The law also gives judges more leeway to dismiss cases based on self-defense — in Miami-Dade, judges have granted immunity to three defendants charged with murder.
The most controversial: the case of Greyston Garcia, who, armed with a knife, chased down and fatally stabbed a thief who had broken into his truck and stolen his radio in Little Havana.
A judge in March 2012 ruled that Garcia acted in self defense because the thief wielded a heavy bag of car radios that could have been used to cause “serious bodily injury or death.”