Victim: Jewell Omar Williams (killed)
The accused: David Justin Wilson

Williams

Jewell Omar Williams

Black male

Age at time: 26

Weapon: gun

gun

Victim photo: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 
David Justin_Wilson

David Justin Wilson

Black male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Dispute over money/property

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: In a street or driveway in the 6200 block of Southwest 27th Street in Miramar, Broward County, on Sept. 15, 2011

What happened: David Justin Wilson was repossessing a Dodge Magnum just after midnight when the owner's neighbor tried to intervene and Wilson shot and killed him. The two began shooting at each other, but there is dispute between Wilson and a witness over who started the confrontation. Jewell Omar Williams, 26, was killed in the exchange. A neighbor told the Sun Sentinel in Sept. 2011 that he saw Wilson fire first and that Williams was leaving by the time he was shot. Investigators said Williams fired his gun several times, missing each time. Wilson then retrieved a gun from his truck and fired back, killing Williams. Wilson called 911 and waited for police.

The outcome: The case was sent to prosecutors in Oct. 2011 and a decision on charges was still pending as of April 2, 2012, a Miramar detective told the Tampa Bay Times.

Investigating agency: Miramar Police

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

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: Sun Sentinel, Oct. 18, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013