Victim: Donald Price (killed)
The accused: Riley Finway Bryan

Price

Donald Price

White male

Age at time: 52

Weapon: chair

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 2008

 
Bryan

Riley Finway Bryan

White male

Age at time: 67

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Disputed

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: Shooter's home in Gulfport, Pinellas County, on Nov. 07, 2009

What happened: During a dispute over a visitor, Riley Finway Bryan shot and killed a man who was renting his garage apartment. Bryan picked up his gun when he ordered the visitor to leave his property. Then he started arguing with his tenant, Donald Price. Bryan claimed Price "came at him with a chair" and he shot in self-defense. Witnesses said Price told Bryan: "if you're going to shoot someone, shoot me." Bryan told detectives he fired two warning shots but Price kept coming at him. The third shot hit Price in the head.

The outcome: A judge denied Bryan's motion for immunity. His first trial ended with a hung jury. A second jury convicted him of first degree murder in May 2011 and he was sentenced to life.

Investigating agency: Gulfport 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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

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

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Gulfport Police Department, Nov. 8, 2009.

Source: Pinellas County Circuit Court, Oct. 5, 2010.

Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, Nov. 9, 2009.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 8, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013