Victim: Tremayne Deangelo Lovett (killed)
The accused: Rashad Stewart Martinez

Lovett

Tremayne Deangelo Lovett

Black male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

 
Martinez

Rashad Stewart Martinez

Black male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument over love interest

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: In the stairwell of an apartment complex in Eastside Jacksonville, Duval County, on March 29, 2010

What happened: Rashad Stewart Martinez shot and killed a man he said had repeatedly bullied him and come looking for a fight over a girl. Tremayne Deangelo Lovett, 19, showed up at Martinez's apartment complex with a friend. Onlookers separated the men and got Martinez to return to his apartment, but Martinez grabbed a gun, jumped out of a window and began roaming the halls calling Lovett out. The physical confrontation resumed and Martinez said he warned Lovett to back off. Martinez's brother testified that Martinez fired first then chased Lovett as he fled down the stairs. Lovett was killed by a shot to the back of the head as he ran away. He was not armed.

The outcome: Martinez was convicted in February 2012 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Victim was killed by shot to back of the head.

Investigating agency: Jacksonville Police

Case decision made by: Jury

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: Duval County Clerk of Court, March 30, 2010.

Source: First District Court of Appeal, Sept. 30, 2010.

Source: Times Union, Feb. 8, 2012. Link to original source

Source: Times Union, Feb. 11, 2012.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013