Victim: Walter Conley (killed)
The accused: Ralph L. Wald


Walter Conley

White male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: none


Ralph L. Wald

White male

Age at time: 70

Weapon: gun



Defendant photo: AUSTIN ANTHONY | Times (2013)

Case type not known

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Case year:

Location details: In the defendant's home in Brandon, Hillsborough County, on May 30, 2013

What happened: 70-year-old, Ralph Wald woke up at midnight, walked into his living room and found a younger man having sex with his wife on the floor. He retrieved his .38 revolver from his bedroom and shot Water Conley in the stomach and head. Although Conley had once lived with Wald's wife in a house next door to his, Wald said he didn't recognize him and he thought his wife was being raped by an intruder. The defense sited the Stand Your Ground law and said Wald had no duty to retreat when facing a perceived danger in his own home and he had military training in what to do with the enemy.

The outcome: On May 30, 2013, it took a Tampa jury just two hours to acquit Wald on the charge of 2nd degree murder.

Investigating agency: Hillsborough County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


Source: Tampa Bay Times, May 30, 2013. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Dec. 21, 2013