'Stand Your Ground' defense denied for Trevor Dooley in 2010 death of David James in Valrico
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - "A Hillsborough County judge has ruled that a Valrico man cannot use Florida's Stand Your Ground defense in the shooting death of a man in September 2010.
Circuit Judge Ashley Moody denied a motion to use the Stand Your Ground defense on Monday.
Trevor Dooley, 69, said he was protecting himself when he was attacked and choked by David James
Dooley is charged with manslaughter in James’ death.
On September 26, 2010, James and his 8-year-old daughter Danielle were playing basketball on a neighborhood court in Valrico. A teenage skateboarder was skating on the other side of the court.
Dooley, who lives across the street, saw the skateboarder and yelled at him that he was not allowed to skate on the court. James stuck up for the teenager, yelling to Dooley to show him the sign saying he was not allowed to skate.
A verbal altercation between Dooley and James ensued. That altercation at some point became physical, and ended when Dooley -- who has a concealed weapons’ permit -- took his gun out and shot James..."