Victim: Kim Lawson Holmes (killed)
The accused: Chyvas Peoples

Kim Lawson_Holmes

Kim Lawson Holmes

Black male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: none

 
Chyvas_Peoples

Chyvas Peoples

Black male

Age at time: 27

Weapon: knife

knife

unharmed

Case type:
argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator not known

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2006

Location details: In parking lot of Club Empire in Tampa, Hillsborough County, on Oct. 08, 2006

What happened: According to the police report, there was large fight behind the Club Empire during which Chyvas Peoples tried to pull a black female from a car, shouting "I'm going to f--'' you'' and attempting to pull down her shorts. Kim Lawson Holmes tried to intervene and got into a verbal altercation with Peoples, who fatally stabbed him in the abdomen. As he was taken into custody, Peoples told an officer: "This is bullshit. Five guys jumped me, and no one wants to hear my side of the story."

The outcome: Peoples was charged with manslaughter with a weapon and found guilty. Sentenced to 30 years

Investigating agency: Tampa Police

Case decision made by: jury

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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