Victim: James Sexton
The accused: Jay Scott Sexton


James Sexton

White male

Age at time: 59

Weapon: unarmed


Jay Scott Sexton

White male

Age at time: 58

Weapon: shovel

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Defendant's Property



Case year:

Location details: In the yard between two brother's homes in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on April 06, 2011

What happened: Brothers James and Jay Sexton lived next door to each other. The defendant, Jay Sexton, told police that his brother is not right in the head, and that he hit James in the head with a shovel to get his attention. Jay Sexton said the dispute started because a tree service was going to trim a tree between the two homes. James said it started when Jay called James' wife "a fat b____.'' A woman driving by saw the two men in a tugging match over what she described as a stick, then saw one man hit the other with a shovel. She called police, and Jay was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon

The outcome: "Stand your ground" motion appears to have been filed after the jury was empaneled. Judge denied the motion but the jury acquitted the defendant.

Investigating agency: Tampa Police

Case decision made by: Jury

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, April 6, 2011.

Source: Tampa Police Department, April 6, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013