Sheriff: Shooter ‘defending his home’

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

“That is not a decision I would make unilaterally without discussing it with Mr. Meggs,” said Patterson Tuesday afternoon. “The case is still ongoing, that’s where we are. Our (the state attorney’s office’s) decision has not been made. That hasn’t been determined yet, as far as we’re concerned.”

Patterson said Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws are “potentially pertinent” to the case, but he declined to elaborate on the matter until his office has had to review the sheriff’s findings.

Mock said investigators are also probing Fasbenner’s whereabouts and prior behavior that evening. The family believes that Fasbenner may have gotten lost while walking back to his grandparents’ house at 47 Pine Avenue.

‘He was quiet, and led by example’

At Monday’s benefit, his grandmother recounted a “teeny, scrawny little thing” who had grown into a tall, strong young man, who had a happy childhood and never gave his grandparents the least bit of trouble.

Chris Granger, who played linebacker alongside Fasbenner during his high school years, and ran as a fullback through holes punched by the hard-hitting lineman, said “he was a good guy to play with, for sure. He was quiet, and kind of led by example,”

After graduation, Fasbenner had made plans to attend Tallahassee Community College, but lacked the funds, and went to work as cook at “That Place on 319,” a restaurant owned by Mike Keller in Crawfordville.

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