Hudson

Vincent Hudson

Black male

Age at time: 26

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

 
Doug_Freeman

Doug Freeman

White male

Age at time: 39

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Attempted robbery

Location:
Shooter's Business

Initiator:
Disputed

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2006

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.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

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

Check

Did the defendant pursue the victim?

Check

Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

Check

Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

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

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013