JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Willie Davis said he'll never forget his granddaughter, DreShawna, or the faces of the men that took her life.
"I lost my granddaughter. I loved my granddaughter," he said.
In July 2006, Rasheem Dubose and his two brothers, Terrell and Tajuane, opened fire on a home on Third Avenue. Police said they were out for revenge because DreShawna Davis's uncle had robbed and humiliated Rasheem Dubose earlier in the day.
"They waited until he got home and they didn't realize kids was in the house. And they shot up the house," Davis said.
The 8-year-old who had dreams of being a nurse proved she was already a protector by sacrificing herself, using her body to shield her cousins from the barrage of bullets flying into the house.
"She was like a shield for other nieces and nephews. She was like a shield," said her aunt, Ruby Davis.
Seven years later, Rasheem Dubose, 29, wants the state to take another look at his case. His attorney has filed an appeal, citing several reasons why Dubose should get a new trial.
Among those reasons is intent. The appeal states Dubose didn't mean to kill DreShawna.
It also claims the sentences for the Dubose brothers were unfair. While all three of them fired shots into the house, Rasheem was the only one given the death penalty.
Even DreShawna's family is split on the sentence. While her aunt would like to see the death penalty lifted for Dubose, the little girl's grandfather isn't so forgiving.
"I feel like he deserves what he get, because he took a life," said Willie Davis.
The appellate court heard oral arguments Tuesday. It will likely be a few weeks before we know how it rules.
The appeal is standard for anyone sentenced to death in Florida.