Victim: Donald Watts (killed)
The accused: Corey Lindsey Jr.

Donald_Watts

Donald Watts

White male

Age at time: 60

Weapon: knife

knife
 
Corey_Lindsey

Corey Lindsey Jr.

Black male

Age at time: 16

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Drug deal gone bad

Location:
Victim's Car

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2009

Location details: On railroad tracks in Zephyrhills, Pasco County, on July 14, 2009

What happened: Corey Lindsey Jr. said he was walking down the road when Donald Watts pulled up beside him, brandished a knife and demanded money. Lindsey said he tried to walk away, but the man followed and Lindsey fatally shot him in self-defense when Watts tried to get out of the car. Lindsey's version of the story was challenged by a witness and prosecutors, who said Lindsey had sold the victim fake crack cocaine earlier in the day and the man wanted his $20 back. Prosecutors argued that "stand your ground" should not apply because by selling drugs, counterfeit or not, Lindsey was breaking the law. Lindsey denied selling the man drugs, saying his friend and witness to the incident had been the seller. Lindsey shot Watts twice in the leg and the man drove as far as he could before passing out.

The outcome: The judge denied the immunity motion, citing "significant inconsistencies in the defendant's testimony." The judge questioned why Watts would have directed his threats to Lindsey if another person had sold him the drugs. She also questioned Lindsey's claim that he was afraid Watts would run him over because the defendant never claimed to be in front of the car. The defense is appealing the ruling. Case is pending.

Investigating agency: Pasco 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?

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: Pasco County Clerk of Court, July 15, 2009.

Source: Pasco Sheriff's Office, April 17, 2012.

Source: Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Pinellas County, April 13, 2011.

Source: Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Pinellas County, March 7, 2012.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, July 16, 2009. Link to original source

Source: Tampa Bay Times, July 21, 2009. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013