Juror in Michael Dunn Trial: ‘Race Was Never a Factor’

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  • (CNN) — One of the jurors in the trial of Michael Dunn said that race played no part in the case.

    The Florida jury on Saturday convicted Dunn, 47, on three charges of attempted second-degree murder for shooting into an SUV holding four black teenagers, after arguing with Jordan Davis, 17, about the volume of their music.

    Dunn is white; Davis was black.

    The shots continued even as the SUV was fleeing, and Dunn was also convicted of one count of shooting into the vehicle.

    But a first-degree murder charge for Davis’ death resulted in a hung jury.

    “I never once thought about, oh, this was a black kid. This was a white guy,” Juror No. 8 Creshuna Miles told CNN on Thursday.

    “We didn’t even think about the race aspect of it,” she said. “Race was never a factor … when I was making my decision.”

    The case, for Miles, was just about justice.

    “When I walked into it, I just wanted to bring justice to whoever it was,” she said.

    Miles, 21, said she believes Dunn is guilty of murder, but not as charged. She thinks he was guilty of second-degree murder.

    “I think he is a good guy. I don’t think he hates everybody. I don’t think he walks around wanting to shoot everybody. I think that he made bad decisions,” she said.

    Like Juror No. 4, who spoke to ABC News’ “Nightline,” Miles said that the jury was split over the issue of self-defense.

    In his testimony, Dunn insisted that Davis threatened him and that he saw a gun. Police never recovered a weapon.

    Both jurors felt Dunn crossed a line when he continued to fire at the SUV as it fled the scene, that any threat Dunn may have felt earlier had passed.

    “I was honestly convinced that he was in self-defense until he chased the car down and started shooting more,” Miles said. “Even if initially you didn’t have the opportunity to take yourself out of the situation to stop, running behind the car and shooting more, that’s where you completely push your limits.”

    Miles is one of two black women who served on the jury. The others were four white women, four white men, an Asian woman and a Hispanic man.

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