Victim: Torry Newsome
The accused: Reynold Dabydeen


Torry Newsome

Black male

Age at time: 31

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office


Reynold Dabydeen

Other male

Age at time: 30

Weapon: knife


Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Other Private Property



Case year:

Location details: At the auto body shop where the victim worked. in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, on Nov. 06, 2010

What happened: Torry Newsome was working at an auto body shop when Reynold Dabydeen entered the shop, stabbed him five times and then ran off, police reports say. A witness said she heard Dabydeen threaten to kill Newsome before stabbing him. The two men were separated by Dabydeen's father, who was also working in the shop. Dabydeen, who left the scene, later told investigators the man he stabbed had attacked him first and he was defending himself.

The outcome: Dabydeen was arrested a few days later and charged with attempted murder. The court docket shows a hearing on self-defense immunity was scheduled, but may have been delayed. Changed plea to guilty of the lesser charge of felony battery and was sentenced to 7.5 years.

Investigating agency: St. Petersburg Police

Case decision made by: Pending

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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: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, Nov. 10, 2010.

Source: St. Petersburg Police Department, Nov. 6, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013