Victim: Gloria McBride
The accused: Clarence Dennis

Gloria_McBride

Gloria McBride

Black female

Age at time: 46

Weapon: beer bottle

 
Dennis

Clarence Dennis

Black male

Age at time: 50

Weapon: beer bottle

Defendant photo: Florida Department of Corrections

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Unclear

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2006

Location details: A home, unclear if the vicitm and defendant lived together in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, on Aug. 05, 2006

What happened: Defendant, Clarence Dennis, hit Gloria McBride during domestic argument. He claimed he was defending himself after victim hit him in head with long-neck beer bottle. Dennis said the woman was injured by the broken bottle as they struggled.

The outcome: Dennis was charged with attempted first-degree murder which was later reduced to aggravated battery. Jury found him guilty of felony battery and sentenced him to 60 months in prison. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Dennis should have been given pretrial hearing on his "stand your ground" defense, though it was "harmless error" since jury found him guilty.

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?

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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: Associated Press, Dec. 16, 2010. Link to original source

Source: Florida Supreme Court, Dec. 16, 2010. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013