Stand your ground defense denied in Trindade case

- The mother of a Winter Park teenager who was killed last year says she got some justice today after a judge denied a stand your ground self-defense motion for her son's accused killers.

Roger Trindade, 15, died after being beaten in Winter Park. The attorneys for suspects Jesse Sutherland and Simeon Hall tried convincing the judge that Trindade's death was the result of self-defense.

"They tried to say Roger was a fighter, something like that. He never did something like this," said Adrianna Thome Trindade, the victim's mother.

Sutherland took the stand, explaining his side of the story regarding the circumstances leading to Trindade's death. Hall did not speak, but instead, his attorney called Jagger Gouda as a witness.  Gouda had previously pleaded no contest to witness tampering and battery charges in the case.

"Yes it's justice of course, but I don't understand why my son is in this situation.  I will never understand," said Adrianna after the ruling to the deny the self-defense motion. "I will spend all my life all my days missing my boy, because he was a great boy, he was."

The trial is scheduled to take place in November.

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