A 42-year-old mother-of-two from Florida who stabbed her neighbor in the eye with an ice pick, then strangled him to death has claimed self-defense under the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law.
The suspect in the case, Angela Stoldt from Deltona, has been formally charged with second-degree murder for the killing in April 2012 of 36-year-old James Sheaffer.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported a motion filed by Stoldt’s attorney claimed that his client stabbed Sheaffer as the two sat in her car at a cemetery because he was threatening to kill her and her children.
According to the defense team, even after Shaeffer was allegedly stabbed in the eye he kept coming at their client in an attempt to kill her.
The victim, a limousine driver and a married father of three, had allegedly asked Stoldt to act as the payee on his Social Security disability benefits, but Shaeffer kept overdrawing his account.
Then, on April 3, 2013, Stoldt, who was in the car with her two children, picked Sheaffer, from work and drove to the Osteen Cemetery after dropping the kids off at her parent’s house.
On the way to the cemetery, Sheaffer asked Stoldt if he could borrow $2,000 – $4,000 from her.
The chat about the loan got heated and, according to the motion: “Sheaffer said that he was going to kill Ms. Stoldt as well as her children.”
When she was attacked by Sheaffer, Stoldt allegedly: “Grabbed the first thing she could, which was an ice pick, to protect herself. The ice pick was in a box of camping supplies that was on the backseat of her car, according to the motion.
Fearing for her life, Stoldt then grabbed a cord which she wrapped tightly around Sheaffer’s neck and pulled until he stopped breathing. Stoldt then covered the victim’s head with saran wrap, then mutilated the body before disposing of it.
It wasn’t until three weeks after the murder that Stoldt contacted the police and confessed to the crime, She then lead sheriff’s deputies to various locations around Volusia County to help recover the remains. Even so, the police were unable to recover all of Sheaffer’s body parts.
There are 22 States, including Florida, have laws which allow for self-defense, when there is: “No duty to retreat (from) an attacker in any place in which one is lawfully present.”
The “stand your ground” laws were highlighted in the media following the 2012 Florida shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.