Victim: Sherdavia Jenkins (killed)
The accused: Damon "Red Rock" Darling, Leroy "Yellowman" Larose

Jenkins

Sherdavia Jenkins

Black female

Age at time: 9

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Sherdavia Jenkins | Miami Herald

 
Darling

Damon "Red Rock" Darling

Black male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Miami-Dade Police Department, 2006

Larose

Leroy "Yellowman" Larose

Black male

Age at time: 28

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Miami-Dade Police Department, 2006

Case type:
Gang shootout

Location:
Victim's Housing Project

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2006

Location details: In a narrow courtyard in front of the victim's house in the Liberty Square housing projects in Miami, Miami-Dade County, on July 01, 2006

What happened: Nine-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between two men that was possibly over drugs. The shooters were about 50 yards away from Jenkins, who was playing with a doll near the porch of her house. Darling said he feared Larose would pull a gun on him so he pulled his gun first but was acting in self-defense.

The outcome: Both defendants were convicted. Larose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against Darling; he got 7 years. Darling filed a "stand your ground" motion which was rejected by the judge. At trial, a jury rejected second-degree murder and attempted murder charges, but found Darling guilty of manslaughter. The judge sentenced Darling to 50 years in prison. In 2012, a state appeals court upheld Darling's conviction and the trial judge's ruling denying his "stand your ground" defense claim.

Investigating agency: Miami-Dade Police

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/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

Check

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?

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: Miami Herald, June 30, 2006. Link to original source

Source: Miami Herald, Oct. 29, 2009. Link to original source

Source: Miami Herald, Feb. 29, 2012. Link to original source

Source: Third District Court of Appeal, Feb. 29, 2012.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013