Trevor Dooley blames race in guilty verdict - FOX 13 News

Trevor Dooley blames race in guilty verdict

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Jurors in the trial of Trevor Dooley say he is guilty of manslaughter.

The jurors found him guilty on all counts, which included weapons charges.

He now faces up to 30 years in prison.

It took jurors less than two hours to convict Dooley in the shooting death of Air Force veteran David James.

"It's been really hard. What breaks my heart most is that my daughter has to grow up without her best frien," said Kanina James, the victim's wife, who broke down in tears as the verdict was read.

Two years ago, James was playing basketball with their 8-year-old daughter, when he and 71-year-old Dooley got into a deadly argument over a skateboarder, who was using the same neighborhood courts to practice.

Dooley took the witness stand in his own defense, admitting he killed James after the argument turned violent. Dooley said he had no choice. Jurors didn't buy it.

The guilty verdict was too much for Dooley's wife, who collapsed in tears. As they left the courthouse, Dooley told reporters he believes he was the victim of a double standard.

"The little girl had nothing to do with it. No one had anything to do with it. He brought it on himself. I tried to go home. I walked away. Now do you really think if it was the other way around and the skin color was different we would be here today? We wouldn't. That's all I have to say."

Dooley is out on bond until he is sentenced on January 10th.

He faces up to 30 years in prison.

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