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Judge: ‘Skateboard shooter’ can be released from jail




Tampa, Florida — Trevor Dooley, the man convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for the shooting death of David James, can be freed while he pursues the appeal of his manslaughter conviction.

A judge ruled that Dooley can be released as soon as Monday, once he pays a $100,000 bond.

Dooley claims he was in fear for his life when he fired his gun near the Twin Lakes neighborhood basketball court in September 2010.

James was playing basketball with his daughter Danielle when Dooley came out from his house across the street to tell two teens to stop skateboarding on the courts.

James defended the teens, saying there was no sign telling them they couldn’t.

At some point, witnesses say Dooley went back into his house and retrieved a gun, which he put in his pants. When he returned outside, witnesses say he flashed the gun when the argument continued.

That is when witnesses say James went after Dooley in an attempt to get the gun away from him and the two men fell to the ground.

Dooley fired his gun as James was on top of him. Dooley had a concealed weapons permit.

Last November, a jury found Dooley guilty of manslaughter in the shooting and he was sentenced to eight years in prison. After his sentence on Jan. 17, Dooley’s attorney told the media he intended to appeal and use the ‘stand your ground’ defense.

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Article source: http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/297013/250/Judge-Skateboard-shooter-can-be-released-from-jail