Bus driver accused in deadly shooting to be released on bond

September 30th, 2010 by Staff

Tampa, Florida – A judge has set Trevor Dooley’s bond at $50,000.

Dooley, 69, is accused of shooting his neighbor David James, 41, when the two got into an argument over a 14-year-old boy riding a skateboard on the basketball courts across from his home in the Twin Lakes community.

James had gone to the courts that Sunday afternoon to play basketball with his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, as they often do. Hillsborough County sheriff’s detectives say James was sticking up for the boy, sparking an argument between himself and Dooley.

Detectives say Dooley pulled out his handgun from his waistband, prompting James to lunge at him in his own defense.

James’ daughter watched as the men struggled over the gun and witnessed her father’s death when the gun went off, striking him in the chest.

Read: Family still coming to grips with father’s death

Dooley’s attorney, Ronald Tulin, tells 10 News his client will not be allowed to live in his Valrico home for now, and has been restricted from owning or possessing a gun even though he has a concealed weapons permit.

Dooley was arrested at his home on Partridge Trail Point Tuesday on charges of manslaughter, improper exhibition of a firearm and openly carrying a firearm.

The Hillsborough County School District says Dooley, a bus driver of two years, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Tulin says his client plans to enter a plea of not guilty during his upcoming arraignment.

Dooley is expected to be released from jail on bond today.

James’ wife, Kanina, told 10 News on Tuesday that the manslaughter charge is not enough.

“I wanted it to be first degree [murder],” she said.

“He was [Danielle's] best friend. They were so, so close. Nothing can replace that. Nobody can. I can’t,” added James with tears in her eyes, clutching a picture of her husband.

It doesn’t take long to realize, this is a tragic story that in a matter of moments on that basketball court, shattered the lives of two men and their families.

For the first time, Dooley’s family spoke out after his morning hearing.

“First and foremost, we extend our condolences to the family of David James,” said Dooley’s brother-in-law, Desmond Langton, “No words can adequately express our deep regret for the loss of the father, husband, friend and family member.”

While much has been said about the life of David James, Lanton pointed out that little has been said to describe the life of Trevor Dooley.

Up until now, we have not heard from the family despite multiple attempts for comment.

“Trevor is a 70-year-old retiree. He is the father of three, he enjoys his job as a school bus driver and he’s been married to the same woman, Pat, for 42 years. Those of us who have the privilege of knowing him personally and intimately, we know him as a quiet, unassuming, intelligent man who loves everyone and who would willingly forgo his own comfort for the safety of another.

“He believes in family first and is always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. He loves fixing cars, he likes jazz music and tinkering with computers and ham radio,” said Langton.

The Dooley family asked the public to refrain from pre-judging their family member and allow due process to take its course.

A friend of David James’ family tells 10 News a candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday at 7pm at the Twin Lakes basketball court where James was killed. The public is invited to attend.

The court is located at the end of Partridge Point Trail in Valrico.

One Response

  1. Betti

    I love reading these articles because they’re short but ifnromtaive.

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