Tony Gipe wants justice for mother’s 2011 death
PUNTA GORDA — Just two months before Roy Poore was charged with the attempted second-degree murder of Aldolphus Martin, he was allegedly involved in the hit-and-run death of Phyllis Irene Gipe, who was struck by Poore’s vehicle after Poore and Gy Anthony “Tony” Gipe, Phyllis’ son, had a physical confrontation.
The July 29, 2011 incident stemmed from a disagreement between Tony and Poore, after both of their sons had a disagreement of their own, Tony said Tuesday. The disagreement escalated when Poore allegedly tried to run over Tony at the intersection of Quince Street and South Jones Loop Road in Punta Gorda, near where both men lived. But instead would collide minutes later with a golf cart in which Phyllis was a passenger.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Phyllis was sitting in the golf cart at the time of the collision, but according to Tony she was run over by Poore while standing outside of the vehicle.
The Florida Highway Patrol investigated Phyllis’ death, but the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident between Tony and Poore, according to CCSO spokesman Bob Carpenter. Poore was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident with Tony, but was not charged in Phyllis’ death.
The State Attorney’s Office declined to comment on why charges were not filed in Phyllis’ death, saying that it is related to Poore’s ongoing attempted second-degree murder trial.
Tony, who was at the Charlotte County Justice Center for Poore’s trial on Tuesday, said he’s not satisfied with the work of the FHP or the SAO at this point. The family is still trying to put the incident behind them.
“We want justice for our mother,” Tony said.
Tony said he was asked to leave the courtroom by 20th Judicial Circuit Judge Christine Greider after speaking with media outlets outside of the courthouse, after it was determined that his presence might influence the jury’s decision.