Victim: Thomas Lockhart
The accused: Walter Watson

Lockhart

Thomas Lockhart

Black male

Age at time: 28

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office, 2007

 
Walter_Watson

Walter Watson

White male

Age at time: 70

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Attempted burglary

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2007

Location details: On defendant's property near garage in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, on Jan. 16, 2007

What happened: Walter Watson heard a noise one night and stepped outside to find a man near his garage. He said the prowler told him to turn off the flashlight or "I'll kill you." The 70-year-old Watson fired his gun three times, wounding Thomas Lockhart.

The outcome: Not arrested or charged

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/
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: Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 18, 2007.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013