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Girl, 8, tells of her father's death in her own words
Girl, 8, tells of her father's death in her own words

Tampa, FL - The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office released on Monday a handful of discs full of discovery in the case.

For the first time, we're seeing and hearing the scene of the crime just minutes after it happened on September 26, 2010 at Twin Lakes community in Valrico.

The state released the video interview with detectives of the 8-year-old daughter of the victim, David James.

In her own words, the day after the shooting, Danielle James said, "A kid asked if he could skateboard on the other half of the court because we weren't using that side.  Then a man came out and told the kid that there was no skateboarding on the court. Then my dad wanted to know where the sign was that said no skateboarding but my dad didn't know he had the gun so my dad came towards him.  It is kind of hard to explain the next part."

The next part is when deputies say the angry neighbor pulled out a gun.  They say there was a struggle and the gun went off, shooting David James in the chest.

Crime scene pictures show yellow tape surrounding the community's basketball courts where resident David James was shot to death in front of his 8-year-old daughter.

James and his daughter were playing basketball when deputies say a nearby neighbor got angry at a couple of kids who were skateboarding on the courts.

Witnesses say James defended the kids then, deputies say, that's when the neighbor, Trevor Dooley, pulled out his gun and shot James in the chest.

One of the skateboarders was the first to call 911.

In the call, you can hear the child tell the 911 operator, "It was my fault.  Well, no, no, no.  The person who shot him was mad because I was skateboarding there.  The other man was asking what the rules were and I don't know...then he [Dooley] shot him [James]."

The 911 operator asked, "How do you know he shot him?"

The caller replied, "I see the blood.  I saw the gun.  I heard it go off."

At one point, the operator asks the skateboarder the victim's name. That is when he starts speaking to James' daughter.  You can hear her small voice in the background.

The accused killer, Trevor Dooley, stayed at the scene.  The state also released pictures of him wearing blood-soaked jeans.

Dooley is charged with manslaughter.  His next court date is in January.

Meanwhile, James' family is not waiting for a decision in the criminal case.  They filed a civil suit against Dooley for wrongful death.


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