Defendant awaits verdict in death of Marietta teenager
by Derek Kinner
February 13, 2014 05:15 PM | 2744 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Assistant State Attorney John Guy delivers the rebuttal to the defense closing arguments during the trial of Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014. Michael Dunn is charged in the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012.(AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)
Assistant State Attorney John Guy delivers the rebuttal to the defense closing arguments during the trial of Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014. Michael Dunn is charged in the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012.(AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)
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Michael Dunn smiles at his parents during a break in his trial in Jacksonville, Fla. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Dunn is charged in the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012. (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)
Michael Dunn smiles at his parents during a break in his trial in Jacksonville, Fla. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Dunn is charged in the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012. (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The defense attorney for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting of a teen after an argument over loud music said Thursday that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict in his trial.

Michael Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, said that waiting for a verdict is the hard part of the trial.

“From day one, his attitude has been we have the truth. We will prevail,” Strolla said.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder, though jurors could also consider second-degree murder and manslaughter as options for a conviction.

On Thursday, the 12 jurors asked to see a mannequin and sticks that had been used by prosecutors in the courtroom to reconstruct the angle of the shots that hit the victim. Circuit Judge Russell Healey denied the request, saying the props were only used for demonstrative purposes and weren’t entered into evidence.

A short time later, jurors asked for an easel and paper, and an hour after that they asked when Dunn had written a jailhouse letter in which he recounted his version of events. The answer was July 2013.

Jurors returned Thursday for their second day of deliberations after working for three hours the previous day.

Dunn claims he shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in self-defense outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. But prosecutors told jurors Dunn shot the teen because he felt disrespected by Davis. Davis had the music in his SUV turned back up after a friend complied with Dunn’s request to turn the volume down.

The trial was the latest Florida case to raise questions about self-defense and race; Dunn is white and the teens were black. It came six months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., about 125 miles south of Jacksonville. The Dunn trial was prosecuted by the same State Attorney’s Office that handled the Zimmerman case. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic, while Martin was black.

The Dunn trial wouldn’t have as much attention if not for the Zimmerman acquittal last summer, Strolla said.

“I believe there is a lot vested in this case, politically,” Strolla said. “The case, on the heels of not guilty in George Zimmerman, just escalated that political pressure.”

A spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office said in an email that her office got the Dunn case in December 2012. Zimmerman’s trial took place last summer.

“The prosecution of Michael Dunn began long before the Zimmerman trial,” said spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard.

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Conservative in Cobb
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February 13, 2014
Complete supposition, but not hard to imagine this scenario:

Middle age guy pulls up to gas station and hears "musical terrorism" (Loud thumping Hip Hop from Hell.) The "music" and accompanying neighborhood conjure up scary thoughts about being a victim of inner-city crime in mind of older guy...

Older guy carries a weapon exclusively because of this, perhaps, well-founded fear...

Older guy hates Hip Hop because he is scared about what it represents...

Teen plays music louder after older guy says "turn that s... down". Teen eggs him on, just because...

Older guy (fed up with punk attitudes from kids in today's society) grabs weapon. It gives him "courage" when he confronts teen...

Older guy is jumpy around teen because he often reads accounts of black violence in society in the newspaper and on the internet and believes his fear is warranted...

Teen "defends" himself by coping an attitude when confronted and reaches for "something". This scares older guy...

Older guy pulls weapon out of a combination of fear and anger when teen reaches for "something" and shoots teen...

Teen dead, and older guy screwed for life as well...

Solution: Teen should have been taught that it is rude to play "music" that loudly in public. Older guy (although justifiably annoyed) should never have resorted to pulling a weapon out of fear and anger. He should have shook his head back and forth and walked away...

Reality: Oil and Water do not mix... Some people REALLY hate Hip Hop... Some people REALLY hate old white guys trying to tell them what to do...

Both individuals were wrong, but old guy was REALLY wrong...

See... It really is similar to Trayvon situation....

The End...

Lib in Cobb
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February 15, 2014
@Conservative: Thank you.
Lib in Cobb
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February 13, 2014
GUILTY second degree murder. 25 years.
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