In jail, cabdriver to await trial

A judge denies a lawyer's request to release the man accused of killing another in a fight.

Published May 19, 2006

DADE CITY - A 27-year-old taxi driver will stay in jail awaiting trial on charges he killed a man unnecessarily during a March 13 scuffle at a Zephyrhills mobile home park.

David Trombley said he was defending himself and others when he swung a pipe at 43-year-old Joe Burke, who died 10 days later of blunt force trauma.

Trombley was arrested May 4, charged with unnecessary killing to prevent an unlawful act.

Circuit Judge Linda Babb denied his public defender's request Thursday to release Trombley from jail with electronic monitoring or substantially reduce his $150,000 bail.

"Any time somebody dies, it puts things in a different situation than a typical second-degree felony," Babb said.

Assistant Public Defender Don Hendry argued that Trombley has no history of violence and it's unclear whether a crime even occurred.

"The facts of this are quite muddled," he said.

Assistant State Attorney Manny Garcia said otherwise.

"Our investigation revealed the defendant was not acting in the defense of others," he said.