Victim: Kenneth Russell Pike
The accused: Sheri Lovvorn

Pike

Kenneth Russell Pike

White male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: unclear

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Sheri_Lovvorn

Sheri Lovvorn

White female

Age at time: 44

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Burglary

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2007

Location details: outside the defendant's home in Pensacola, Escambia County, on April 19, 2007

What happened: Sheri Lovvorn shot and wounded a burglar, Kenneth Pike, after she found him inside her home. The shooting took place after Pike ran out the door past Lovvorn and her pregnant daughter-in-law to a vehicle driven by his accomplice. Lovvorn fired a shot through the car's windshield, striking Pike in the shoulder, after the car came toward her.

The outcome: The state attorney declined to prosecute a case against Lovvorn, citing stand your ground. The prosecutor said Lovvorn was in danger because the car was headed toward her. Pike was charged and convicted on burglary charges.

Investigating agency: Pensacola 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?

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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?

Check

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: Pensacola Independent News, May 23, 2007.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013