Florida court denies 'stand your ground' appeal in football fan fight

TALLAHASSEE — A federal immigration agent has lost his "stand-your-ground" appeal in a stabbing at a football game in Tallahassee.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday rejected the appeal from University of Miami fan Edward Mederos. He is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon — his government-issued knife.

Mederos claimed he acted in self-defense to protect a friend, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent, from a rival fan outside Florida State University's stadium in 2009.

A trial judge, though, rejected his pretrial claim of immunity under Florida's "stand your ground" law. It lifts the common law requirement to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense.

The appellate court noted Mederos still could use "stand your ground" as a trial defense.

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