Monday, November 20, 2017
Public safety

Trevor Dooley leaves jail after posting $100K bail

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Nearly three months after a jury convicted him of manslaughter and three days after a judge said he could go free during an appeal, Trevor Dooley leaves the Hillsborough County Jail on Monday afternoon. The 72-year-old declined to talk to reporters at the jail or later at his home in Spring Hill. A jury last year found Dooley guilty of shooting and killing his neighbor, David James, 41, during a argument in 2010 about a skateboarder using a basketball court in their Valrico neighborhood. Dooley asserted a "stand your ground" defense, but the court rejected it. He was later sentenced to eight years in prison. Last week, a judge granted his release on $100,000 bail while he appeals. Dooley will be monitored by GPS and forbidden from leaving Hernando County, where he now lives, except in some circumstances. As an unmarked cruiser drove him to his home, two blocks from Springstead High, a boy across the street played basketball. Three doors down, two teens skateboarded.

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