Victim: James Wray
The accused: Lloyd Lee Anderson

Wray

James Wray

White male

Age at time: 43

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

 
Anderson

Lloyd Lee Anderson

Black male

Age at time: 54

Weapon: knife

knife

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Roommate dispute

Location:
Defendant's Home

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: In house of defendant and victim in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on Sept. 05, 2011

What happened: James Wray and Lloyd Anderson shared the kitchen of their residence. According to the police report, Wray's stepdaughter said Anderson had yelled at her. When Wray asked Anderson what was wrong, Anderson, with his back facing Wray, began shouting at him. When Wray walked closer and grabbed Anderson's shoulder, Anderson swung at him with a knife and stabbed him in the thumb. Anderson told police he was defending himself.

The outcome: Anderson was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Investigating agency: Tampa Police

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?

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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?

Check

Did someone witness the attack?

Check

Was there physical evidence?

Check

Source: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, Sept. 5, 2011.

Source: Tampa Police Department, Sept. 5, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013