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


Nathaniel Gooden Jr.

Black male

Age at time: 24

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 2006


Terry Tyrone Davis Jr.

Black male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: gun


Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 2010

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Defendant's Property



Case year:

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/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


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


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


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