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

Wesley

Vincent Demond Wesley

Black male

Age at time: 29

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Florida Department of Corrections

 
Rhonda_Eubanks

Rhonda Eubanks

White female

Age at time: 57

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Attempted home invasion

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2006

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/
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?

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: Pensacola News Journal, Aug. 16, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013