Victim: Johnathon Currie Bond
The accused: Joshua Allen Simons

Bond

Johnathon Currie Bond

White male

Age at time: 38

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

 
Simons

Joshua Allen Simons

White male

Age at time: 20

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: Outside near the Stein Mart in Clearwater, Pinellas County, on April 30, 2011

What happened: Joshua Allen Simons stabbed Johnathon Currie Bond with a pocket knife during a fight. Bond's ex-girlfriend said Bond had struck her during an argument between the two homeless people. Simons stepped in and wound up on the ground in a fight with Bond. Police reports say he stabbed the unarmed Bond more than once during the tussle and fled the scene. Simons told police Bond managed to take his pocket knife during the fight and then he got mad and blacked out and is not sure how he got the knife back.

The outcome: Stand your ground motion was denied by a judge but the charge was later reduced. Simons pleaded guilty to felony battery and was sentenced to 20 months in jail.

Investigating agency: Pinellas County Sheriff

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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

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?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Clearwater Police Department, May 10, 2011.

Source: Pinellas County Circuit Court, May 24, 2011.

Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, May 2, 2011.

Source: Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Pinellas County, Sept. 12, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013