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


Ricky Henderson

Black male

Age at time: 47

Weapon: unarmed


Eric Williams

Black male

Age at time: 24

Weapon: unarmed


Jefferson Davis III

Black male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: gun


Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Unprovoked attack




Case year:

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/

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, 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