ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A judge has scheduled a “stand your ground hearing” for November in the fatal shooting of Adam Amoia, who died during an altercation last year outside now-closed Dos Gatos in St. Augustine.
The hearing is set for Nov. 14. The defense plans to play surveillance video in its bid to have the manslaughter charge against Luis Casado dismissed.
Casado, 31, is also charged with carrying a concealed firearm in the shooting, which occurred in May 2021.
In November, a “stand your ground” petition was filed. In the document, Patrick Canan, Casado’s attorney, states that Amoia and another man “began to suddenly and in concert violently attack” Casado “for no apparent reason.”
Casado was seen talking with several of Amoia’s friends outside the bar, a conversation that the petition says “was of no real significance and certainly nothing threatening.” The petition says that “Amoia, drunk and leaning on the wall, suddenly became aggressive and insisted that Mr. Casado leave immediately,” even though Casado “did nothing to incite rudeness or violence.”
The petition says that before Casado had a chance to “make sense of Mr. Amoia’s bizarre request,” Amoia shoved him, then hit him in the face, knocking off his glasses, rendering Casado legally blind. It states the other man then punched Casado and Amoia followed that by hitting Casado four more times in the face, when Casado “found himself forced up against a wall.”
The petition says that after Amoia hit Casado two more times, “he was afraid for his life and shot his firearm to prevent serious bodily injury or even death.”
The petition points out the sequence took 15 seconds and was caught on surveillance video. Casado’s lawyer notes that his client has no prior criminal history, but that both Amoia and the other man do.
The petition also includes the toxicology report on Amoia’s body from the medical examiner. Amoia’s blood alcohol concertation level was .266, more than three times the legal limit for driving in Florida. The report found he also had hydrocodone and marijuana in his system.
In April, loved ones of Amoia, 37, came together on would have been his 38th birthday.
Moments before a walk to Dos Gatos in downtown St. Augustine, a gathering was held at Amoia’s family’s restaurant, Georgie’s Diner, where friends shared memories.
Rosalina Chryssaidis, a cousin, said Amoia was loved by the community — “a good friend, brother, cousin and son.”
“Every day I wake up and I’m like, this isn’t real. Like waking up and having to relive it is the hardest part,” Chryssaidis said. “And I know that he would want us to be positive because that’s who he was, and that’s what this is about. We’re trying to be positive, speak good things into the world, just how he would be. And he would want us to celebrate his birthday.”
Following the meeting at Georgie’s Diner, the group stood outside Dos Gatos, which has since closed, holding candles, signs and photos of Amoia.