Age at time: 26
Age at time: 39
Location details: Inside Marvin's Electronic Store in Murray Hill in Jacksonville, Duval County, on May 31, 2006
What happened: Doug Freeman, owner of Marvin's Electronics, shot and injured a man who had entered the store and asked him for money. Freeman said he thought the man, who was unarmed, was reaching under his shirt for a gun after he demanded money. The man, Vincent Hudson, had been arrested 36 times since 1997, including for two unarmed robberies. Hudson claimed he was only asking for a handout. Freeman had shot and killed a man more than a decade earlier while he was working as a repo man. The earlier shooting had been deemed a justifiable homicide. Hudson was shot five times and spent several weeks in the hospital.
The outcome: The prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against Freeman, citing the state's "stand your ground" law. He said he believed Hudson's story about simply asking for money, but did not think a jury would convict Freeman.
Investigating agency: Jacksonville Police
Case decision made by: Prosecutor
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.
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: Times Union, June 7, 2006. Link to original source
Source: Times Union, June 21, 2006.
Source: Times Union, July 10, 2006.
Source: Times Union, June 27, 2012. Link to original source
Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013