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2010 in review: Basketball court shooting rattles Twin Lakes

"He was in all the wars since Desert Storm … he was in some very scary places. But he was home here, where you think he'd be safe, and then that happened."

Kanina James, widow of David James

VALRICO — It's still not clear what happened on the Twin Lakes community basketball court on a Sunday afternoon in September, when a fight over a skateboarder left one man dead and another behind bars on murder charges.

But the death of David James remains one of the most shocking stories of 2010.

Discovery materials recently released in the case offer more details about those harrowing moments when, authorities say, 70-year-old Trevor Dooley argued with James, 41, before pulling out a gun.

In 911 calls and investigators' interviews, witnesses said Dooley and James exchanged words before Dooley lifted his shirt, flashed the gun and yelled an expletive before turning to walk away. James followed, saying something to him, and Dooley turned around. James lunged toward him, and the two men fell to the ground.

Witness Michael Whitt remembered the gun firing as the men fell.

"His child is out here," Whitt told the 911 operator. "Oh, my God."

Dooley was arrested the following day and later released on $50,000 bond as he awaits trial. He has been ordered to stay away from the Twin Lakes neighborhood.

Meanwhile, some in the idyllic subdivision wonder about their safety, and the incident still echoes throughout the community.

Kim Wilmath, Times staff writer

2010 in review: Basketball court shooting rattles Twin Lakes 12/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:31am]
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