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Stand Your Ground Law Evaluated in Pasco Homicide Case

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The Franklin County prosecutor will evaluate how a recent homicide case applies to Washington's Stand Your Ground law. The Franklin County prosecutor will evaluate how a recent homicide case applies to Washington's Stand Your Ground law.

PASCO, WA - The Franklin County prosecutor will evaluate how a recent homicide case applies to Washington's Stand Your Ground law.

Around 2:30 Friday morning Stephan Sergio Aceves was shot and killed inside the home of Rudy Ontiveros on the 8000 block of Savory Avenue in Pasco.

Under the Washington Stand Your Ground law, if a person thinks they are in imminent danger they have the right to protect themselves.

The law says, if a person believes their life or the life of another person is threatened then they're allowed to use justifiable force, considering that force was reasonable.

According to the prosecutor, Ontiveros' four young children were in the home during the shooting.

Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant says the location where Aceves was shot is important to understanding this case, but Stand Your Ground is not limited to your property.

"Trying to put ourselves I guess in the circumstances of that homeowner or in the circumstances of a person that's using force. We need to evaluate based on all the information that that person has available and try to weigh in on whether or not use of force is appropriate," Sant said.

Sant says other factors to be considered include if warning statements or instructions to leave the property were made by Ontiveros and if Aceves stayed on the property unlawfully.

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