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April trial date set for man accused of slaying estranged wife, friend

James Colley Jr.
James Colley Jr.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – An April 9 trial date was set Tuesday for a St. Johns County man accused of killing his wife and her friend in 2015.

James Colley Jr. is charged in the murders of his estranged wife, 36-year-old Amanda Colley, and her friend, 39-year-old Lindy Dobbins.

Authorities said the two women were gunned down at Amanda’s home shortly after Colley left St. Johns County court, where he’d pleaded no contest to violating an injunction his wife had against him. 

Colley’s lawyers have filed several motions to block the State Attorney’s Office from seeking the death penalty, but they’ve all been denied. 

His next pretrial hearing is Feb. 14.