Victim: Vincent Demond Wesley (killed)
The accused: Rhonda Eubanks


Vincent Demond Wesley

Black male

Age at time: 29

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections


Rhonda Eubanks

White female

Age at time: 57

Weapon: gun


Case type:
Attempted home invasion

Defendant's Property



Case year:

Location details: Outside the defendant's home in Navy Point, Escambia County, on Aug. 12, 2006

What happened: Rhonda Eubanks, a 57-year-old nurse at Baptist Hospital, shot a man who tried to get into her home at about 7:45 p.m. The man, 29-year-old Vincent Wesley, tried and failed to get in once, then tried to steal several cars, including an occupied vehicle, witnesses said. Then he returned to Eubanks' home and charged at her while she stood near her doorway with a gun. That's when Eubanks fired. Wesley was found face down under her carport, a few feet from her door. The shooter and victim did not know each other, investigators determined, even though he lived nearby. He was unarmed. Police later found drugs in his home, which had been ransacked. Investigators said at the time that Florida's "stand your ground" law did not impact their decision not to arrest the shooter.

The outcome: Eubanks was not charged.

Investigating agency: Escambia County Sheriff

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/

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: Pensacola News Journal, Aug. 16, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013