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Dooley to be released on bail; victim's mom angry

Valrico, Florida - The man convicted of killing David James during an argument over a skateboarder is set to be released from jail on bond during an appeal. 

Neighbor Amy Hanley, who lived next door to Dooley before he was arrested back in 2010, said "the fact that somebody brings a gun over to a park with kids and adults and everybody on a Sunday afternoon," still angers her.

The 72-year-old was sentenced to 8 years in prison on January 17th for shooting and killed James, 51, after an argument escalated out of control at the Twin Lakes recreational park in Valrico.

In her order granting release, Judge Ashley Moody cited several reasons for why Dooley is eligible for release during the appeals process. 

Among them was that the appeal was filed in good faith, that at least one issue raised by the defense can fairly be debatable, Dooley had no prior arrests and ties to the community.

10 News reached James' mother by phone from her home in Minnesota where she is still coming to grips with the reality that her granddaughter, who saw the shooting, will be forced to give another statement during the appeal.

"It's upsetting to her... we keep working with her and we hope that in the long run that everything works out for her," said Toni James. 

Dooley is expected to be released on Monday on $100,000 bail, but he will not be moving back to the same community where the shooting took place. 

Instead, he'll live with his wife and daughter at their new home in Spring Hill. 

James' wife and daughter have since moved out of the state and no longer live in the Twin Lakes area of Valrico.



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