Victim: Charles Harper (killed)
The accused: Jimmy Hair

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Charles Harper

Black male

Age at time: 26

Weapon: unarmed

 
Hair

Jimmy Hair

Black male

Age at time: 26

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Leon County Sheriff's Office, 2007

Case type:
Fight at bar/party

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2007

Location details: Outside the Top Flite Club in Tallahassee, Leon County, on July 21, 2007

What happened: After an altercation in a nightclub, Jimmy Hair shot and killed Charles E. Harper, who had forced his way into a car in which Hair was a passenger. The two tussled while a third man tried to drag the unarmed Harper away. Prosecutors pursued charges, in part, because Harper was being pulled from the car when he was shot in the forehead.

The outcome: Hair spent two years awaiting trial and was released when the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled "stand your ground" immunity applies even if the person presenting the threat retreats before the person standing their ground uses their weapon.

Investigating agency: Tallahassee 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?

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Was the victim armed?

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

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: First District Court of Appeal, Aug. 19, 2009.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Sept. 21, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013