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Dooley freed from jail, en route to Hernando home during appeal staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:14 PM

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Trevor Dooley, 72, was freed on bail today while he pursues an appeal of his manslaughter conviction.

He was released from the Orient Road Jail about 4:30 p.m. and will be transported to his new residence in Hernando County, where he will be fitted with a GPS monitor, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Circuit Judge Ashley Moody on Friday granted Dooley's request to be released on $100,000 bail while appealing his conviction in the shooting death of David James, 41, at a Valrico park.

In January, Moody sentenced Dooley to eight years in prison.

Dooley's bail bondsman, Nicky Bishop of Riverview Bail Bonds, said Friday she would file the paperwork at the courthouse today to have Dooley released.

In her order, Moody concluded that Dooley should be released while he pursues his appeal because the appeal is being taken in good faith. Moody also wrote there was no evidence Dooley will try to flee if released.

Dooley's lawyer told a judge this month that Dooley has sold his house in Valrico, and his wife and daughter have purchased a residence in Spring Hill.

As a condition of bail, Moody said Dooley is not allowed to leave Hernando County except to attend court proceedings or meet with his attorney.

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