There are several contradictory versions of what happened to Pastorius.
Luc Havan, who was brought to trial for second degreee murder of Jaco, now lives in Palm Beach County. A local newspaper viz.
the New Times
claims to have spoken to Havan on the phone last year to ascertain his version of events. Havan was outside the Midnight Bottle club in Wilton Manors when Pastorius attempted to gain access. This is from the horse's mouth or, if you prefer, from the mouth of the elephant:
"I just said, 'Listen, you're too drunk. You can't come in,'" recalls Havan, who says he also extended a peace offering. "But come back tomorrow night, not all drunk like tonight, and everything is on me."
Havan says he told employee Cristy Eaton to cover Jaco's tab the next time they saw him sober. "Because I knew who he was, and I'd heard how he gets when people don't recognize him and things."
With that, Havan says he turned around and walked away. "But he started to hit me, and I had a knee-jerk reaction, and I hit him. I tried to tell him to leave it on a good note, but, you know..."
At the time, Jaco had made himself unwelcome at almost every other watering hole in the area. "That's probably why he got mad at me telling him I couldn't let him in," Havan guesses. "I'd heard he was living on the street."
Havan remembers throwing a punch that hit Jaco's left temple. "That's where I admitted to hitting him, and that's where he got hit. But his major fracture was on the right side when he fell. The other side of his head hit the ledge by the door."
But another witness told police Havan had actually pummeled Pastorius, and the man's injuries — his teeth had come through his lips — were too ferocious to have come from a simple fall.
Luc Havan was charged with second degree murder but was convicted of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and served 8 months of a 2 year sentence. It's doubtful that he acted in self-defence believing his life was in danger simply because he is experienced in martial arts. A report of the trial proceedings doesn't appear to be available but it would seem the jury bought in to Havan's version of what happened to Pastorius and deliberated accordingly.