Victim: Nathaniel Gooden Jr. (killed)
The accused: Terry Tyrone Davis Jr.

Gooden

Nathaniel Gooden Jr.

Black male

Age at time: 24

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 2006

 
Davis

Terry Tyrone Davis Jr.

Black male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 2010

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: 1119 Tangerine St. in Clearwater, Pinellas County, on Aug. 31, 2010

What happened: Terry Tyrone Davis Jr. shot and killed his cousin after a fight over a necklace. The two had argued earlier that day, then Davis went home and got a gun and sent a text message to his girlfriend saying he was going to kill Nathaniel Gooden. Gooden arrived at Davis' house with a group of people. Davis said he was defending himself when he went outside and shot Gooden as Gooden came toward him on his property. The victim did not have a gun.

The outcome: Judge denied motion for immunity. When making his ruling, Circuit Judge Philip J. Federico said "there's no doubt he was going over there to kick his a--." But, he added, "that does not allow you to kill a guy." Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years.

Investigating agency: Clearwater Police

Case decision made by: Judge

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, April 23, 2012.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Sept. 2, 2010.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Dec. 31, 2011. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013