Victim: Victor Marlowe
The accused: Stacey Marshall House

Victor_Marlowe

Victor Marlowe

Black male

Age at time: 40

Weapon: knife

knife
 
Stacey Marshall_House

Stacey Marshall House

Black male

Age at time: 42

Weapon: gun

gun

injured

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Shooter's Car

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2011

Location details: The shooter was in his car outside a party. in Bristol, Liberty County, on April 02, 2011

What happened: Stacey Marshall House was sitting in his truck when a day-long quarrel with Victor Marlowe came to a head. House shot Marlowe through the passenger window. He said he fired because the man threw a bottle at him, but police found no bottle in the car. After he was shot, Marlowe went around the truck and stabbed House through the driver's window. House had stab wounds on his left torso and right forearm. Investigators found Marlowe's version of events more believable, in part because House changed his story. He first told police he had fired a warning shot straight up before shooting Marlowe, but there was no hole in his roof.

The outcome: House was charged with attempted felony murder and shooting into a dwelling. A "stand your ground" motion was filed but denied by the judge. On July9, 2012, House was found guilty of aggravated assault and shooting into a dwelling and sentenced to three years in prison.

Investigating agency: Liberty County Sheriff

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/
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: Liberty County Sheriff's Department case report, April 2, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013