A Hillsborough County judge has ruled that a Valrico man cannot use Florida's "stand your ground" law as a defense in the shooting death of his neighbor in 2010, ABC Action News reports.
Circuit Judge Ashley Moody denied a motion to use the controversial state law as a defense Monday, the news station reports.
Trevor Dooley, 69, said he was protecting himself when he was attacked and choked by David James following a verbal altercation on a Twin Lakes basketball court.
Dooley is charged with manslaughter in James’ death.
The Stand Your Ground law came to the national spotlight following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford last February.