Victim: William Scott Phillips
The accused: Kevin Hallman

Phillips

William Scott Phillips

White male

Age at time: 50

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

 
Hallman

Kevin Hallman

White male

Age at time: 45

Weapon: none

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2011

Location details: Behind the victim's apartment building in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on July 24, 2011

What happened: According to a sheriff's report, the victim, William Scott Phillips, had been previously drinking with a homeless man but had left when the man called him and wanted to meet. When they met, he said, Kevin Hallman demanded to know, "Why did you take my damn beer?'' and punched Phillips in the jaw, breaking it. Hallman claimed self defense.

The outcome: "Stand your ground" motion was filed but withdrawn and defendant pleaded guilty to felony battery.

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?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, July 24, 2011.

Source: Tampa Police Department, Dec. 10, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013