Victim: Otis Thomas
The accused: Jerome Anthony Thomas

Otis_Thomas

Otis Thomas

Black male

Age at time: 60

Weapon: unarmed

 
Thomas

Jerome Anthony Thomas

Black male

Age at time: 57

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2011

Location details: House of defendant and victim in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on March 25, 2011

What happened: Jerome Thomas, the defendant, lived with the victim, Otis Thomas, his brother. According to a police report, the two argued because Otis wanted to scrap a hot water heater. Otis said Jerome swung at him with a pocket knife and cut his cheek. Jerome denied cutting his brother and claimed he had "sicked a dog on him.''

The outcome: Judge denied "stand your ground" motion. Case pending

Investigating agency: Hillsborough County Sheriff

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, March 26, 2011.

Source: Tampa Police Department, March 25, 2011.

Click here for more information about how we compiled these cases. Know of something we missed or have a photo to share? Submit a case here.

 

Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013