Anton_Peavy

Anton Peavy

Black male

Age at time: 30

Weapon: unarmed

 
Harvey_Hill

Harvey Hill

Black male

Age at time: 18

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Case type:
Argument over love interest

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Disputed

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: On the sidewalk near the townhouses where defendant and victim lived in Lake Park, Palm Beach County, on May 27, 2009

What happened: According to witnesses, Harvey Hill Jr. had been harassing his neighbor after she broke off their sexual relationship. The woman had repeatedly reported these incidents to the police. The conflict reached a peak one night when Hill confronted the woman's boyfriend, Anton Peavy, as he left her apartment and Hill was sitting on the adjoining porch. Peavy told police he tried to walk away as Hill was yelling at him, but Hill pulled a gun and shot him in the side. Hill ran from the scene and was arrested several days later. He told the police that Peavy was with a friend who was armed and he shot Peavy in self defense.

The outcome: A judge granted Hill immunity on aggravated battery and retaliation against a witness charges, but not on gun possession charges, for which he was convicted and sentenced to five years probation and anger management classes. The state is appealing the judge's immunity decision.

Investigating agency: Palm Beach 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: Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Palm Beach County, Feb. 25, 2011.

Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, May 21, 2012.

Source: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, May 27, 2009.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013