Victim: Quinton Lawson (killed)
The accused: Leon T. Cooper

Quinton_Lawson

Quinton Lawson

Black male

Age at time: 22

Weapon: unclear

 
Cooper

Leon T. Cooper

Black male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Orange County Sheriff's Office, 2006

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Unclear

Witnesses:
Unclear

Case year:
2006

Location details: The Peppertree Apartments in Orlando, Orange County, on March 13, 2006

What happened: Leon T. Cooper was accused of getting into a fight with a family member and fatally shooting the man.

The outcome: Pleaded guilty and was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for manslaughter.

Investigating agency: Orlando Police

Case decision made by: Unclear

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: Orange County Clerk of Courts, April 19, 2012.

Source: Orlando Police Department, March 15, 2006.

Source: Orlando Weekly, March 13, 2006. Link to original source

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013