Victim: Samuel Cohron (killed)
The accused: David Hatley

Samuel_Cohron

Samuel Cohron

White male

Age at time: 35

Weapon: knife

knife
 
David_Hatley

David Hatley

White male

Age at time: 42

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
argument turned violent

Location:
Private

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2010

Location details: in home of defendant and victim in Ocala, Marion County, on Nov. 20, 2010

What happened: David Hatley and Samuel Cohron were roommates. The two had a few beers together, then Hatley went to bed. According to a story in Ocala.com, he was awakened by Cohron, who attacked him with a knife. Hatley escaped and went next door to find the landlord. Getting no response, he returned to the house, entered his room and shut the door. Cohron banged on the door but Hatley told him not to come in because he had a gun. Cohron barged in and Hatley shot him.

The outcome: State attorney's office ruled shooting justified under SYG.

Case decision made by: prosecutors

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: Ocala Star-Banner, Feb. 15, 2011. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013