Victim: Robert Davis
The accused: Johnny Mason Davis


Robert Davis

White male

Age at time: 37

Weapon: broom handle (disputed)

Victim photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office


Johnny Mason Davis

White male

Age at time: 48

Weapon: knife


Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Neighborhood dispute

Defendant's Home



Case year:

Location details: Front porch of mobile home in Riverview, Hillsborough County, on Aug. 23, 2010

What happened: According to sheriff's report, Johnny Davis stabbed Robert Davis, an unrelated neighbor, when Robert and others intervened in an argument he was having with his mother. Johnny Davis claimed self-defense, saying Robert came into his mobile home and hit him in the head with a broom handle. But police found blood and other evidence to dispute that version of events. Johnny called 911 and the incident was partially recorded. Johnny was arrested for aggravated battery. The victim was a convicted felon known as the "neighborhood enforcer."

The outcome: "Stand your ground" motion was granted by judge who wrote, "The determination of the issue of immunity is entirely dependent upon the credibility of the witnesses." The judge also found that because the victim had entered Johnny Davis' home to strike him, his actions were "tantamount to a burglary with an assault and battery."

Investigating agency: Hillsborough 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/

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: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, Aug. 24, 2010.

Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Aug. 23, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013