JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury’s inability to agree on a murder charge will give prosecutors and defense attorneys fodder for their next moves in the case of a teen fatally shot after an argument over loud music.

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers after the argument but jurors couldn’t agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. A mistrial was declared on the murder charge.

State Attorney Angela Corey said her office would consider seeking a retrial of Dunn on a first-degree murder charge.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Cory Strolla said he plans to appeal based on several issues, including how the jury could reach guilty verdicts on four counts and deadlock on another.

Dunn was charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 after the argument over loud music coming from the SUV occupied by Davis and three friends outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancee as “thug music.” He claimed he acted in self-defense.

After more than 30 hours of deliberations over four days, the 12 jurors found Dunn guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

Earlier in the day, the panel said in a note to Judge Russell L. Healey that they couldn’t agree on the murder charge. They also had the option of convicting him of second-degree murder or manslaughter. The judge asked them to continue their work, and they went back to the deliberation room for two more hours before returning with a verdict.

“I’ve never seen a case where deliberations have gone on for this length of time,” Healey said afterward, praising the jurors. “They’ve embraced their civic duty, and they are to be commended for that.”

Jurors declined to talk to the media.

Dunn showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. Each attempted second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, while the fourth charge he was convicted on carries a maximum of 15. A sentencing date will be set later.

Davis’ parents each left the courtroom in tears. Afterward his mother, Lucia McBath, expressed gratitude for the verdict. Sunday would have been the teen’s 19th birthday.

“We are so grateful for the truth,” McBath said. “We are so grateful that the jurors were able to understand the common sense of it all.”

Jurors heard testimony that Dunn, who has a concealed weapons permit, fired 10 shots, hitting the vehicle nine times. Davis was the only person hit.

Dunn, in claiming self-defense, testified that he thought he saw a firearm pointed at him from the SUV as the argument escalated. No weapon was found in the SUV.

Dunn also told jurors he feared for his life, perceiving “this was a clear and present danger.”

Prosecutors contended that Dunn opened fire because he felt disrespected by Davis. The teen made his friend turn the music back up after they initially turned it down at Dunn’s request. Dunn was parked in the spot next to the SUV outside the convenience store.

According to authorities, Dunn became enraged about the music and ensuing argument. One person walking out of the convenience store said he heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that.”

Dunn testified he heard someone in the SUV shouting expletives and the word “cracker,” which is a derogatory term for white people.

“That defendant didn’t shoot into a carful of kids to save his life. He shot into it to save his pride,” Assistant State Attorney John Guy told the jury earlier in the week. “Jordan Davis didn’t have a weapon, he had a big mouth.”

The trial was Florida’s latest to raise questions about self-defense and race, coming six months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, about 125 miles south of Jacksonville. The Dunn trial was prosecuted by the same State Attorney’s Office that handled the Zimmerman case.

 

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98 thoughts on “Dunn Guilty of Everything But Killing Jordan Davis

  1. Jancorey- please take that wounded warrior project down from your profile pick. I am a vet in the wwp and I do not think you represent it at all. The worlds full of ass holes and pieces of shit on both sides white and black. It will never go away because some people are just bad apples. Racism is just one more way for pricks to insult everyone. I have a black friend that’s law abiding and lost his leg in iraq. You clearly dont care about him when you talk the way you do.

    • JanCorey on said:

      Jamie, facts do prevail over ignorance and racism, but thanks for proving my points and you’re welcome for that. Facts rule.

    • JanCorey on said:

      RJ, I do find some fascination in teaching trolls like you that facts of a case do matter, at least to well-educated people like many of us here; unlike what you continue to demonstrate consistently. Did you notice in your statement(s) that you again failed to even mention the post-topic, but at least you are Dunn’s side of protecting himself from those punk-thugs. Still a bit surprised that only one was killed after firing that many bullets. Even so, at least that one won’t threaten the lives of other victims.

    • JanCorey on said:

      You’re wrong again RJ, at least you are consistent at being wrong. Maybe someday you might be able to comment on the post-topic instead of you continuing your trolling and attacks against others who are better-informed than you are. Dunn remains a hero to many.

      • JanCorey on said:

        RJ, you notably continue your rants and racist attacks against others you are still so very jealous of simply because they are better-informed than you are. But, you set the bar so low and it’s inevitable you will continue to fail as you notably still cannot even mention the post-topic as you trolls often do RJ. Dunn was right in his efforts, RJ continues to be wrong, but at least RJ is consistent at always being wrong. Some people like RJ are OK with always being wrong and that’s OK with me for RJ to continue to fail on even RJ’s simplest-tasks.

    • JanCorey on said:

      RJ, you notably continue your rants and racist attacks against others you are still so very jealous of simply because they are better-informed than you are. But, you set the bar so low and it’s inevitable you will continue to fail as you notably still cannot even mention the post-topic as you trolls often do RJ. Dunn was right in his efforts, RJ continues to be wrong, but at least RJ is consistent at always being wrong. Some people like RJ are OK with always being wrong and that’s OK with me for RJ to continue to fail on even RJ’s simplest-tasks.

      • JanCorey on said:

        What are you waiting for RJ, the Appeal process is only just beginning. If you are still confused, maybe your therapist is a better place for you to explore why you are so confused and apparently waiting for something still. At least the thug is dead, thank God for that, thank you Mr. Dunn. (RJ, your trolling is now complete, no need to further prove your ignorance here).

  2. HiPower on said:

    @jancorey you are clearly a racist with a very linear point of view. You hide behind white privilege, and chooses to be ignorant of the doings of your own people. Last i checked, it was white people with their abominable genetically recessive traits that have committed crimes against humanity for the past several centuries…or maybe you missed that in your linear, perverted, history books.

    • JanCorey on said:

      Hi, most intelligent people saw nothing but a rant in your last comment and I do see why half of your name is high, as labeled by yourself. I get it, you’re a druggie, get some help for yourself which will help everyone that ever reads your trollish-rants.

    • JanCorey on said:

      HIP, I’ll bet you are not the only uninformed and un-intelligent folk here, but you do seem to be the most consistent at remaining clue-less. God speed.

  3. JaneCorey I said why don’t you, don’t tell me what others are doing I want you to tell the black community how YOU feel in person stop hiding behind the keyboard .

    • JanCorey on said:

      rj, you were proven to be wrong once again, at least you are consistent at always being wrong, at least as far as the facts are concerned. I see your point though, you trolls have to have something to occupy your time doing nothing productive.

      • JanCorey on said:

        RJ, you are one of the many kings of the trolls, notice how you still cannot even comment on the post-topic which proves Dunn to be not guilty of doing anything more than properly responding to a threat on his life.

  4. How can you, steeped in bigotry and ignorance bring anyone up to speed on anything,
    were you present at the murder of that child and attempted murder of the others ?
    Apart from being Black, what are the crimes you accuse Jordan of ?
    Get on your knees and pray for your idol,
    he’s gone to a serious place for a long time,

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