Trevor Dooley – the man convicted of manslaughter in the death of his neighbor – asked a judge Monday to let him out on bail while he appeals his conviction.
The judge, though, was not expected to make a decision immediately.
Both Dooley's wife and the widow of David James, who Dooley is convicted of killing, were in court.
Dooley shot James to death on a basketball court in Valrico two years ago. The shooting came during an argument over a skateboarder in the park. Dooley has remained adamant that the shooting was in self-defense.
Dooley's attorney argued that he has extensive health problems and being out of jail could do him good. His attorney said he needs to be taking blood pressure medication, and he's had issues getting it into the jail. He used a cane in court and was wearing a red jumpsuit with a bright orange jacket.
Dooley says he's not a flight risk, and he said he always showed up on time to previous court dates.
The state disagrees. Attorneys say he's 72 years old, and his life expectancy is 12 years – eight that he'll spend behind bars. They also said Dooley's wife has sold their home and is moving to Hernando County.
Judge Ashley Moody said Monday she would issue a written decision but did not specify when that would be.
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