Victim: Vonnell Smith
The accused: Latravis Curry

Vonnell_Smith

Vonnell Smith

Black female

Age at time: 24

Weapon: unarmed

 
Curry

Latravis Curry

Black male

Age at time: 32

Weapon: none

Defendant photo: Leon County Sheriff's Office, 2011

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Disputed

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2011

Location details: inside the defendant's home in Tallahassee, Leon County, on Sept. 07, 2011

What happened: The victim, Vonnell Smith, was at Latravis Curry's house to pick up her children when Curry took her cellphone and began questioning her about a new phone number in her directory. The two had dated previously but were separated. Curry said he was sitting in a chair when Smith pushed him during the argument. He said he merely pushed her back, then left. But Smith said he started hitting her in the face with his closed fist. Smith had swollen lips, eyes and bloody scratches on her face when police arrived. Curry, who had a minor scratch on his right forearm, was walking away from the scene. Curry had a prior conviction for domestic battery in 2000. He was charged with felony battery.

The outcome: Curry's public defender filed a "stand your ground" motion for immunity, saying he was reacting to Smith's use of "unlawful force." His attorney withdrew the motion after a hearing. The case is pending.

Investigating agency: Tallahassee Police

Case decision made by: Pending

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: Second Judicial Circuit, Sept. 7, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013