Victim: Lekeefe Lee (killed)
The accused: Emanuel Rivera


Lekeefe Lee

Black male

Age at time: 25

Weapon: gun


Victim photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office, 2008


Emanuel Rivera

White male

Age at time: 26

Weapon: gun


Defendant photo: Daytona Beach News Journal

Case type:
Drug deal gone bad

Defendant's Property



Case year:

Location details: Outside the defendant's home, which doubled as his drug business in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, on Dec. 10, 2010

What happened: Emanuel LaBoy "Emma" Rivera, a confessed drug dealer, told police he panicked and fired his gun at a customer fearing the man might be reaching for his own gun. The shot killed 25-year-old LeKeefe Lee, who never drew a weapon, according to a witness. But Rivera knew he was armed, because LeKeefe had offered to leave his gun as collateral for drugs he wanted to buy. Instead, he tried to leave with the gun and several bags of Rivera's marijuana. Rivera, who had a concealed weapons permit, called 911 to report the shooting.

The outcome: Initially, police did not charge Rivera in the homicide, but that changed after a witness came forward. Police have added second-degree murder charges and his case remained pending in April 2012.

Investigating agency: Daytona Beach Police

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/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


Source: Daytona Beach News Journal, May 19, 2007.

Source: Daytona Beach News Journal, Dec. 12, 2010.

Source: Daytona Beach News Journal, Jan. 3, 2011.

Source: Daytona Beach News Journal, Jan. 13, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013