Victim: Kendall Berry (killed)
The accused: Quentin Wyche

Berry

Kendall Berry

Black male

Age at time: 22

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Miami Herald

 
Wyche

Quentin Wyche

Black male

Age at time: 22

Weapon: scissors

Defendant photo: Miami-Dade County Jail, 2010

Case type:
Argument over love interest

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: FIU campus recreation center in Miami, Miami-Dade County, on March 25, 2010

What happened: Quentin Wyche, a student at Florida International University, fatally stabbed a 22-year-old football player during a fight on campus. Earlier that day, Wyche had argued with Kendall Berry's girlfriend, who worked for a campus golf cart shuttle service. Wyche threw a cookie or smashed a cookie into the woman's face, witnesses told police. Later, Wyche and Berry circled each other as if they were about to fight until Wyche ran away, witnesses said. A student told police she saw Wyche grab a pair of scissors out of his backpack and run back towards Berry. He then stabbed him in the heart.

The outcome: Judge ruled that Wyche failed to show that he reasonably believed his life was in danger when he stabbed the man. He faces a second-degree murder charge.

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?

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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?

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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: Miami Herald, Feb. 16, 2012. Link to original source

Source: Miami New Times, Feb. 16, 2012.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013