By Lena Sullivan Published 01/05/2012 03:29:00 | Views: 3916

A Florida judge ruled on Wednesday that a teen who stabbed his classmate to death last year will not face murder charges.

Collier County Judge Lauren Brodie agreed that 15-year-old Jorge Saavedra acted in self-defense when he stabbed Dylan Nuno, 16, after a fight at a bus stop, WINK-TV reported.

"(He) had more than enough reason to believe he was in danger of death or great bodily harm," she wrote in her decision.

Saavedra, who was 14 at the time of the killing, was protected under Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which stipulates that people can defend themselves if they feel threatened by any means necessary, NBC 2 reported.

Brodie heard from multiple witnesses who testified that Nuno initiated the fight and had been harassing Saavedra for more than a year.

"The facts were consistent. There was a group of boys harassing Mr. Saavedra, repeatedly threatening Mr. Saavedra, on the day this incident happened,” Saavedra's attorney Donald Day said. “Not one boy, but a group of boys had threatened physical violence."

In his testimony at the trial, Saavedra testified that Nuno told him, "Today's the day" — meaning they were going to fight — when he got on the bus. Nuno then followed him off the bus and a group of students circled the two, egging them on, according to reports.

Saavedra said he told Nuno he didn't want to fight, but Nuno hit him in the back of the head and continued to punch him.

Saavedra's team also had anti-bullying experts testify.

"There were no winners today, and the Saavedra family is devastated over the tragedy. The family's hope is that the schools take a more active role in stopping the escalating bullying violence that is occurring across the country," Saavedra's family said in a statement.

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By Lena Sullivan 01/05/2012 03:29:00

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