Victim: Harold Eugene Carter (killed)
The accused: Rotesia Levette Bryant

Harold Eugene_Carter

Harold Eugene Carter

Black male

Age at time: 35

Weapon: unarmed


Rotesia Levette Bryant

Black female

Age at time: 29

Weapon: scissors

Defendant photo: Florida Department of Corrections

Case type:
Domestic dispute

In Their Apartment



Case year:

Location details: in their shared home in Panama City, Bay County, on Oct. 09, 2011

What happened: Police were called to an apartment on Friendship Ave. by a woman who reported an injured man. Eugene Carter was found stabbed and he died later at the hospital. Rotesia Bryant was interviewed later that evening and allowed to leave while the investigation continued. The next day she was arrested and charged with one count of manslaughter. Details later emerged that Carter was Bryant's live-in boyfriend and they had at least seven domestic violence incidents filed with police. That night Carter was in the process of moving out when they got into a fight. Carter hit Bryant several times, tackled her and pinned her to the bed. Bryant reached out for a weapon, grabbed a pair of scissors and stabbed him twice in the chest.

The outcome: A judged dismissed the case after a Stand Your Ground hearing. Bryant testified that she acted in self-defense and that she loved her boyfriend and didn't intend to kill him. Bryant's attorney said her actions were clearly defensive and she was in fear for her life.

Investigating agency: Panama City

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:, Oct. 11, 2011. Link to original source

Source:, Oct. 11, 2012. Link to original source

Source:, March 31, 2012. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013