No one will faces charges in the December stabbing death of Daniel “Jeb” Bubanas.
In a press release issued by the State Attorney’s office Friday Assistant State Attorney James Parker announced that Bryce Schroeder, the man with the knife, would not be charged in the case due to it being self defense.
On the night of Dec. 16 in a unpopulated area near River Birch Road in Navarre, a bonfire party involving several individuals, mostly in their teens, turned deadly. According to initial reports Bubanas and Cole Tolbert were stabbed in an altercation and transported to the hospital.
Tolbert survived after sustaining multiple stab wounds. Bubanas did not. A third individual, Ethan Frymark, was also injured in the incident.
According to Parker’s report, video evidence and interviews collected by Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies showed that Bubanas, Tolbert and Frymark attacked Schroeder because they believed he had punched a friend of theirs.
The witnesses indicated that Schroeder did not fight back and told his attackers to stop and that they had the wrong person. The report states that at this time Schroeder pulled his knife and “just started swinging.”
Schroeder has been cleared of any guilt under Florida’s “stand your ground law” Parker wrote. He also indicated that while charges were considered for Tolbert and Frymark, they were not pursued because Schroeder indicated he would not like to pursue charges.