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Former Port Richey Mayor Pursues Stand Your Ground Claim

Dale Massad mugshot
Lawyers for former New Port Richey Dale Massad, seen here in a Feb. 2019 mugshot, is indicating he will pursure a stand your ground claim in his upcoming court case. CREDIT Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Former Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad is attempting to file a stand your ground motion in his attempted murder case.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that attorneys for Massad are arguing that their client feared for his life when deputies and a SWAT team came to his house to serve a warrant for practicing medicine without a license last February.

Massad claims he did not hear any knocking on his door, and when deputies came into his house, he allegedly fired two shots at them.

Massad’s attempted murder trial is set to begin Feb. 24.

The Times reports a pretrial hearing where Massad's motion will be heard is set for Friday.

CORRECTION: Dale Massad is the former mayor of Port Richey. A previous story gave a different location.