Victim: Timothy Davis Jr. (killed)
The accused: Timothy Allen Davis Sr.


Timothy Davis Jr.

Black male

Age at time: 22

Weapon: unarmed


Timothy Allen Davis Sr.

Black male

Age at time: 47

Weapon: gun


Defendant photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office, 2011

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Defendant's Home



Case year:

Location details: Family home on Kings Eagle Lane in Apopka, Orange County, on Oct. 01, 2011

What happened: Timothy Allen Davis Sr., a former Orlando police officer, shot his 22-year-old son after an altercation in his garage. They were arguing about custody of Davis Jr.'s 3-year-old son, who had been removed from the older Davis' home over his objections. The younger Davis, a high school football star, tackled and punched his father, according to police reports. Davis Sr.'s 9-year-old daughter told police she watched her father walk out of the home, get his gun from his car and shoot her brother. The former detective held his bleeding son in his arms and was apologizing to him when officers arrived. The son objected when police arrested his father, according to reports in the Orlando Sentinel. Davis Jr. died at a hospital.

The outcome: Davis Sr. was charged with murder. At trial he was found not guilty

Investigating agency: Apopka Police

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

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/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


Source: Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 2, 2011. Link to original source

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 8, 2011.

Source: The Birmingham News, Oct. 2, 2011. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013