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Man Gets 8 Years In Death Of Skate Defender

by The Editors on January 17, 2013

Trevor Dooley, the 72-year-old man who shot and killed his neighbor, veteran David James in 2010, after James stepped in to keep Dooley from harassing a skateboarder, has been sentenced to eight years in prison, thankfully, according to a story in The Ledger.

During the trial, Dooley portrayed himself as the true victim, saying he fired only to save his life. After the trial, Dooley, who is black, told reporters the whole case was racist. James, 41, was white. . . During the sentencing proceedings, which began at 9:30 a.m., James’ family asked the judge to give Dooley the maximum punishment. . . You’re a bitter old man trying to convince everyone you’re kind and frail,” James’ widow, Kanina James, told the court Thursday. “I hope your family feels the same pain and heartache we feel.”

It would appear that occasionally the justice system works. Our thoughts remain with the James family especially David’s then 8-year-old daughter who was playing basketball with her father at the time of the shooting and had to call 911 after her father had been shot.

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[Link: The Ledger]


Florida Shooter Finally Arrested

by The Editors on September 28, 2010

Trevor Dooley, the 68-year-old Florida man who allegedly shot and killed David James, 41, after an argument over skateboarding kids was finally arrested and charged with manslaughter and other weapons crimes three days after the shooting occured, according to a story on Tampa Bay Online.

Trevor Dooley – who officials say was involved in a shooting that ended in the death of Air Force veteran David James – was led out of his office in handcuffs this afternoon. It is not immediately clear what charges he faces.

We only hope that justice is served swiftly.

[Update September 29, 2010: Lawyers: Valrico shooting may test stand-your-ground defense]

[Link: Tampa Bay Online]


Florida Shooter Back At Work Driving A School Bus

by The Editors on September 27, 2010

A4S James092810 142057DWe’ve known that things are different in the state of Florida for years, but this pretty much blows everything else away.

Trevor Dooley, the 68-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed David James, 41, (pictured right) after the younger man stood up for some skateboarders who Dooley was reportedly harassing, was not only released immediately after being questioned by authorities, he was also allowed to go back to work Monday morning (get this) “driving a school bus loaded with kids,” according to a story on

Hillsborough schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said the Sheriff’s Office did not notify the school district of Dooley’s involvement in the shooting. . . “We didn’t know of any kind of allegations until we got a call from someone,” Cobbe said. “Then I talked to the transportation manager, but by then he was done with his route for the day.” . . . School Board member Candy Olson struggled to put her surprise into words. “He’s a school bus driver who drove — oh, my gosh,” she said. Olson said the Sheriff’s Office should have immediately contacted the district if it knew a bus driver had been involved in such an incident. “They certainly owe us the information that they have,” she said.

Guess if you’re old and living in Valrico, Florida you can pretty much do anything you want without many worries.

The school has reportedly “reassigned” Dooley for “his and the children’s safety.” Sounds like the school board should be running the local Sheriff’s department as well.


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Man Killed Defending Skateboarders

by The Editors on September 27, 2010

A4S Shooting092710 141941CDavid James, a 41-year-old father who was reportedly defending skateboarders against an irate neighbor was shot and killed while playing basketball with his 8-year-old daughter Sunday afternoon, September 26, 2010 in Valrico, Florida, according to story on Tampa

Neighbors say James, 41, was . . . telling a man who lives across the street there was no sign to prohibit them from skateboarding on the courts. . . “I see a sign,” the assailant replied as he pulled a gun, neighbors said. . . The suspect, though, had a reputation for nagging neighbors about loose dogs, and yelling and swearing at the skateboarders who like to set up ramps and rails on the community basketball court to practice their moves.

In an only-in-Florida twist the shooter was “questioned by detectives and the State Attorney’s Office and released.” How’s that?

[Link: Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Online]