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Prosecutors: 'Stand Your Ground' Shouldn't Apply in Twin Lakes Killing

Prosecutors have offered three witnesses who refute Trevor Dooley's version of the 2010 fatal shooting of neighbor David James, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Prosecutors say Florida's "stand your ground law" shouldn't apply in the case of a Valrico man accused of shooting his neighbor to death on a basketball court in 2010.

The State Attorney's Office said in written arguments Tuesday that if anything, the controversial law should apply to David James, the victim, and not Trevor Dooley, his then 69-year-old neighbor in Twin Lakes, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

"Prosecutors have offered three witnesses who refute Dooley's version of the shooting," the Times reports.

Dooley, now 71, has filed a motion to dismiss a manslaughter charge, with his defense team arguing he shot James in self defense and should be protected under the same "stand your ground" law brought to national prominence in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

A hearing on the motion for dismissal is scheduled for May 17.

Read more about the case in the Times' report.

Rose Anzaldi April 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
This is no different than the Zimmerman case....David James was unarmed as well and killed in front of his daughter. This law needs to go.
Robin Law April 27, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I agree Rose...How many David James, Brandon Baker (IE: No one ever mentions Brandon Baker) and Trayvon Martins does there need to be before the People in Tallahassee relaize that the Law needs to go....How many more people need to loose their Fathers, Brothers, Son's, to Hero Wanna Be's that think they can Kill someone and then cry that they where protecting themselves....WE NEED JUSTICE FOR DAVID, BRANDON, and TRAYVON!

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