2010 Stand Your Ground case heads to District Court of Appeals

Hillsborough County

Could Trevor Dooley get a new trial because of jury instructions that weren’t delivered correctly? Judges with the Second District Court of Appeals  heard the case involving Dooley. 

Trevor Dooley shot and killed David James in September 2010 after an argument about skateboarding on a Valrico neighborhood basketball court. James’ daughter Danielle, who was 8-years old at the time, 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 8 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.

In December of 2016, a judge granted him bond and he was released from custody pending the appeals court decision.

The appellate judges heard arguments on both sides of the case and likely issue a ruling at a later date.  Dooley did not appear in person.

Kanina Eurez just learned about the case being heard today.  She’s James’ widow who moved out of state with Danielle, who is now 16 years old.  She says this is a living nightmare dealing with even the thought of another trial.  “It’s extremely frustrating, because it feels like David got no justice whatsoever, still,  you know?”  Asked Eurez, who pointed out several of the jurors in the original case felt confident about their decision.  

“Actually, several of the members of the jury last time contacted me after the trial after the trial was over to tell me that they wish they had been able to sentence him.”

Eurez says Danielle is now active in school and in the Air Force R.O.T.C.  She recently achieved a goal that she wished her dad would’ve been a part of.  “She just made the rank of chief master sergeant which is a higher rank than when her father was in the Air Force,” said Eurez.  “Yah but the first thing she said to me was would my dad be proud of me? “

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