Victims: Ricky Henderson, Eric Williams
The accused: Jefferson Davis III

Ricky_Henderson

Ricky Henderson

Black male

Age at time: 47

Weapon: unarmed

Eric_Williams

Eric Williams

Black male

Age at time: 24

Weapon: unarmed

 
Davis

Jefferson Davis III

Black male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Unprovoked attack

Location:
Unclear

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: Driveway in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on July 17, 2010

What happened: According to a sheriff's report and defense motion, Rickey Henderson saw Matthew Carlisle and Kendrick Denson burglarizing his car. Henderson and a friend, Eric Williams, beat up Carlisle. The would-be burglars escaped, ran to the nearby apartment of Jefferson Davis III and told him that Henderson had beaten them for no reason. Davis got his gun, went outside and shot at Henderson, apparently missing him but hitting Williams in the knee. Carlisle and Denson were each charged with burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Davis was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The outcome: All three are awaiting trial. Davis was the only one who filed a SYG motion; it was denied. Jefferson Davis was found not guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on June 21, 2012.

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/
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, July 17, 2010.

Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, July 17, 2010.

Source: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, April 9, 2012.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013