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Updated: 10/08/2013 7:51 pm
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.
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king kaos - 10/9/2013 12:05 PM
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Hang on, let me get this straight... this low life cancer of society is saying "he didnt know the little girl was in the house" and thats why he shouldnt get the death penalty??? I think, as usual, the justice system has it backwards!!! This guys brothers should also be on death row due to 1st degree murder convictions! One thing, the house was full of kids it sounds like, remeber the girl was a "shield" for the rest of them? The reality is one way or another these little thug weak losers had NO IDEA who was in the house INCLUDING the uncle or whoever robbed and "belittled" them(really? poor cancerous thugs felt bad? Oh my heart cries for you LOSERS). If they had a full set between the 3 of them, they would have confronted the dude that robbed them 1 on 1. Not for nothing, I would be willing to bet this wasnt the first time either the uncle or the brothers have been in trouble and I am also willing to bet that as is very typical in the black culture the 8 year old girl was taking care of the rest of the kids while the adults were off "celebrating" the spoils of the before mentioned robbery, SO why did they NOT GET CHARGED AS WELL?!?!!? The uncle should have been charged with the little girls murder as well as it is a DIRECT result of HIS ACTIONS that caused her death right? So why does he get to skate for nothing? This is so sad and so disgusting, specially considering its SO common... Cancer, we are much better at WIPING it OUT, why not get rid of it with a vengance just like we do with cancers of the body? We have a cancer of society, let attack that the same way we would if it was of the body... know what I mean?

Old Dog - 10/8/2013 5:39 PM
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He was man enough to pull the trigger, then he should be man enough to pay the price. His death setence wasn't real justice, since he is still on death row. True justice would have been to execute him after his first and what should be his only appeal.

rebekah - 10/8/2013 4:23 PM
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my classmate's step-mother makes $74 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for five months but last month her check was $15064 just working on the computer for a few hours. look at here...... ??? W­W­W.D­a­y­3­5.Co­M ???

nativejax - 10/8/2013 2:33 PM
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As I don't think this slimeball deserves ANYTHING from society, I don't believe he mean't to kill this child, he should get life without parol, tv, internet, gyms, or anything else convict's get for free on our tax dollar.
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