Victim: Patrick Lavoie (killed)
The accused: Cleveland Murdock

Lavoie

Patrick Lavoie

White male

Age at time: 33

Weapon: unarmed

Victim photo: Broward County Sheriff's Office

 
Cleveland_Murdock

Cleveland Murdock

Black male

Age at time: 38

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Road rage

Location:
Defendant's Property

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2010

Location details: Defendant's car in Pompano Beach, Broward County, on Sept. 15, 2010

What happened: Patrick Lavoie, a passenger in his girlfriend's Honda Civic, felt Cleveland Murdock was tailgating them as they drove in Pompano Beach. Lavoie told his girlfriend to stop the car, then he jumped out and angrily approached Murdock's black Toyota Tacoma truck. When Lavoie, who had a cigarette lighter in his hand, tried to reach through Murdock's passenger window Murdock shot and killed him. Murdock had a concealed weapons permit.

The outcome: The Broward County Sheriff's Office spoke with witnesses and interrogated Murdock, then let him go, turning the case over to prosecutors to decide if murder charges were warranted. In November 2010, a grand jury decided no charges would be filed.

Investigating agency: Broward County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Grand Jury

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?

Check

Was the victim armed?

Check

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: Miami Herald, Sept. 17, 2010.

Source: Sun Sentinel, Sept. 17, 2010.

Source: Sun Sentinel, Nov. 18, 2010.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013