TAMPA — One of Hillsborough County's highest-profile trials has been delayed — that of Trevor Dooley, a 71-year-old ex-school bus driver who asserts a "stand your ground" defense against charges that he fatally shot a younger man on a Valrico basketball court in 2010.
Dooley's manslaughter trial was to begin Tuesday. No new date has been set.
Both the defense and prosecution are awaiting an appeal Dooley has made to the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Dooley is appealing a ruling by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody that he is not entitled to immunity under Florida's "stand your ground" law.
Dooley is charged with shooting David James, 41, after they argued about a 14-year-old skateboarder who was using the community basketball court.
James died in front of his then-8-year-old daughter, who will be called as a defense witness.