Bond granted to Valrico man appealing conviction in basketball court killing

Trevor Dooley, Hillsborough County Jail booking photo Nov. 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A judge on Wednesday granted bond to a Valrico man who was convicted of killing his neighbor in 2010, while he appeals his conviction.

Trevor Dooley shot and killed David James in September of 2010 after an argument about skateboarding on a Valrico neighborhood basketball court. James’ 8-year-old daughter witnessed the killing.

Dooley was convicted of charges of manslaughter with a weapon and manslaughter. He claimed a “Stand Your Ground” defense.

Dooley was sentenced to eight years in prison and recently requested a new trial because of incorrect wording in jury instructions during his trial. Dooley said his lawyer was ineffective for not filing an appeal regarding certain portions of Florida’s Standard Jury Instructions that were given at his trial.

His attorney filed a motion to have him released.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled that Dooley could be released on $100,000 bond. He is expected to be released Thursday after the bond paperwork is delivered.

Dooley is to remain in Hernando County where he lives and may only leave the county for case-related matters. He is not permitted to possess any weapons and must also relinquish his passport. Dooley was ordered to not have contact with any of the victim’s family members.

Dooley served time at the Suwannee Correctional Institute. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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