Victims: John Randal Geschwender, Larry Denis Hall
The accused: Willie Charles Anderson Sr.

Geschwender

John Randal Geschwender

White male

Age at time: 23

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Hall

Larry Denis Hall

White male

Age at time: 34

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Anderson

Willie Charles Anderson Sr.

Black male

Age at time: 42

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: Inside Flash Dancers strip club in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on Aug. 08, 2010

What happened: When Willie Anderson went to Flash Dancers strip club with his girlfriend one night, he ran into the cousin of a man with whom he'd had a prior altercation. The cousin called Larry Hall and told him Anderson was at the club. Hall arrived and confronted Anderson, who used a bar stool to fend the other man off. Witnesses separated the two men but Hall hung around the front door, waiting for Anderson to leave. When he did, witnesses said Hall threw a punch. Anderson struck back with a knife, stabbing Hall on his side and injuring him. Anderson later turned himself in to police and was charged with aggravated battery.

The outcome: Judge granted "stand your ground" motion.

Investigating agency: Tampa Police

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: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, Aug. 12, 2010.

Source: Tampa Police Department, Aug. 8, 2010.

Source: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Feb. 28, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013