Victim: Richard Charron
The accused: Thomas Barker


Richard Charron

White male

Age at time: 37

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office


Thomas Barker

White male

Age at time: 47

Weapon: beer bottle

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Fight at bar/party




Case year:

Location details: In a nightclub in Largo, Pinellas County, on March 03, 2010

What happened: Thomas Barker and Richard Charron were found fighting in the bathroom of the Wild Indian Saloon, A witness said Barker was holding Charron against the wall and hitting him with a beer bottle. The bar owner threw the men out. Charron was outside the bar when police arrived. Barker, who had left the scene but was apprehended nearby, claimed that a very drunk Charron attacked him first and that he, Barker, had used only his hands, not a bottle. Barker was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The outcome: Felony battery charge was dismissed after "stand your ground" hearing 7/21/2011

Investigating agency: Largo Police Department

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: Largo Police Department, March 4, 2010.

Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, July 11, 2011.

Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office, March 17, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013