Victim: Branden Allen Wilde (killed)
The accused: Deshana Monice Goss

Branden Allen_Wilde

Branden Allen Wilde

White male

Age at time: 19

Weapon: unarmed

 
Deshana Monice_Goss

Deshana Monice Goss

Black female

Age at time: 19

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Defendant's And Victim's Home

Initiator:
Disputed

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2010

Location details: In their apartment in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, on Nov. 18, 2010

What happened: Goss shot her boyfriend in the face after an argument in the apartment they'd shared. The couple had a long history of fights. A few weeks prior, police came to the home after Goss made a domestic battery complaint against Wilde.

The outcome: Goss was charged with second-degree murder. Her motion for a "stand your ground" hearing was withdrawn in January of 2013. Goss charged her plea to guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter 2 and was sentenced to 15 years.

Investigating agency: St. Petersburg Police

Case decision made by: pending

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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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013