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23-year-old mother killed in shooting, Ocala man claims ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense

A 23-year-old mother was killed while riding as a passenger in a vehicle after an Ocala man says he fired shots at the vehicle in self defense.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes unit is currently investigating the shooting death of Sonja Stahl, who was killed during the altercation on Sunday, October 10, at approximately 3:40 a.m. in the 2600 block of SE 56th.

Ocala man claims stand your ground defense in shooting death of 23 year old mother
Sonja Stahl, 23, was shot and killed in southeast Ocala on Sunday morning

According to police, 22-year-old Alexa Newton allegedly drove to the home of her ex-boyfriend, Timothy Mack, with Stahl as her passenger.

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Alexa Newton

Witness statements indicate that once at Mack’s home, Newton exited her vehicle and broke the front door window in an apparent attempt to gain entry.

Mack claims he was able to prevent Newton from entering the residence and says he asked her to leave the property several times.

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Timothy Mack

Mack further alleges that after he exited his residence, Newton reentered her vehicle and began driving towards him, at which time he discharged his firearm at the vehicle in hopes of striking the engine block and disabling the vehicle. He says he did so in order to prevent the vehicle from striking him.

The evidence indicates that one round struck Stahl, causing a fatal injury.

According to the press release, MCSO detectives are awaiting the return of forensic evidence results, including ballistics and DNA evidence.

As is customary for cases involving the stand-your-ground defense, detectives will review the case with the State Attorney’s Office regarding any homicide-related charges upon the completion of the investigation.

Mack was arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon and evidence tampering. He was on probation for burglary of a dwelling and grand theft, according to the press release. He is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail for his probation violations. Under Florida law, as a violent felony offender of special concern, Mack must remain in custody until a violation of probation case is resolved. His bond is set at $15,000.

Newton was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and criminal mischief. She is being held at the Marion County Jail on $2,500 bond.

Friends and family of Stahl have taken to social media in an outpouring of grief.

“RIP to a beautiful angel, Sonja Stahl,” reads a post from a high school friend.

“Words cannot express the pain I’m feeling inside. RIP to the love of my life,” reads a post from Stahl’s boyfriend.