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Michael Dunn Found Guilty Of 1st Degree Murder In Retrial For Shooting Florida Teen Jordan Davis Over Loud Music (Video)

Michael Dunn Convicted On 4 of 5 Counts In Jordan Davis Murder Trial, Faces 75 Years In Prison. Jury Deadlocked On 1st-Degree Murder Charge. [Video/Pics]

A jury convicted a Florida man on Wednesday of first-degree murder in his retrial for killing a teenager after an argument over loud music.

Prosecutors said Michael Dunn shot with intent to kill when he fired 10 times into an SUV carrying 17-year-old Jordan Davis and three of his friends in November 2012. The jury reached its verdict after more than five hours of deliberations.

Dunn, who took the stand in his own defense, said he fired in self-defense. He told jurors that he saw Davis flash what he believed to be a rifle after the two exchanged words outside a convenience store.

Investigators never found a gun in the SUV or in the nearby area, and Davis' three friends testified that there was no gun.

Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder in February and faced at least 60 years in prison. The jury in the first trial deadlocked on the first-degree murder count, which led prosecutors to retry him.

Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty, which means Dunn now faces a mandatory life sentence.

Throughout the second trial, prosecutors portrayed Dunn as a cold-blooded killer. Dunn never called 911 after firing into the SUV, and afterward he went back to his hotel, made a drink, ordered pizza, walked his dog and went to sleep.

After learning on the news about Davis' death, Dunn drove home to Satellite Beach, Florida, and did not contact authorities until they called him.

Before the verdict, Davis' parents, Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, said they never expect to hear condolences from Dunn.

Lucy McBath and Ron Davis

"Ron and I don't expect that he'll ever apologize to us, you know, and that's not even a concern of ours because we know that we raised a good human being," McBath said.

Michael Dunn guilty of 1st degree murder of Jordan Davis

The parents of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, speak after Michael Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Davis.

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Michael Dunn: I Had ‘No Choice’ But To Shoot Jordan Davis Over Loud Music [VIDEO]

 

Michael Dunn will spend the next 75-years in prison after being found guilty of 4 of 5 counts in the murder trial of Jordan Davis. However, the jury could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge of first-degree murder.

 

47-year old Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into a vehicle The attempted second-degree murder charges carry sentences of 20 years each. 15 years will be added on for shooting into the SUV that carried 17-year old Davis and three of his friends on Nov. 23, 2012.

 

 

As we previously reported, Dunn and his fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, pulled into a Jacksonville gas station and parked next to Davis and his three friends on that fateful night. While Rour was inside buying alcohol, an argument was sparked when Dunn either asked or told the teens to turn down their music.

 

During the argument, Dunn said he saw the barrel of a shotgun sticking out of the rear window where Davis was sitting. He claimed that threats were being made and he feared for his life.

 

Michael Dunn, gestures on the stand in his own defense during his trial in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Dunn is charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville, Fla. convenient story in 2012.

Michael Dunn, gestures on the stand in his own defense during his trial in Jacksonville

He testified that Davis exited his vehicle to confront him. At that point he reached into his glove compartment, grabbed his 9mm pistol and said, "You're not going to kill me you son of a b*tch," before firing 10 shots into the SUV. He continued to shoot as the teens pulled out of their parking space in an attempt to get away from him.

 

9 of the 10 shots fired hit the SUV. Davis was struck twice in the leg. A third bullet entered his right side and damaged his ribs, diaphragm, liver, aorta and lungs. He was dead within minutes. None of the other teens were wounded.


 

Police later searched the Dodge Durago the teens were in and didn't find a gun. It was later determined that Jordan was not outside of the vehicle when he was shot, based on the trajectory of the bullets and his wounds.

 

Rhonda Rouer

 

Rouer testified at the trial that she and and her fiance had been drinking at the wedding reception of Dunn's son prior to stopping at the gas station. After the shooting they checked into a hotel where they ordered a pizza and spent the night. Neither one of them called police.

 

Dunn was arrested at his Satellite Beach, Florida home the following day. Police tracked him down using his license plate number. An alert witness to the shooting wrote it down as Dunn fled the scene.

 

Lucia McBath, left and Ronald Davis, right, parents of Jordan Davis, walk out of the courtroom during the trial of Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014.

Lucia McBath, left and Ronald Davis, right, parents of Jordan Davis

After today's verdict was read, Davis' parents spoke at a news conference.

 

"It's been a long, long road. And we're just happy to have a little it of closure," McBath said. "It's sad for Mr. Dunn that he will live the rest of his life in that sense of torment, and I will pray for him. And I've asked my family to pray for him. But we are so grateful for the charges that have been brought against him. We're so grateful for the truth," she continued. "We're so grateful that the jurors were able to understand the common sense of it all. And we will continue to stand. And we will continue to wait for justice for Jordan."

 

State Attorney Angela Corey said prosecutors would seek a new trial in Duval County on the 1st-degree murder charge.



"Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim," Corey said.

Jordan's mother shared a similar message on Twitter.








Michael Dunn verdict read in court




Jordan Davis' Parents to Michael Dunn: Our Son Is Not Just Another Day at the Office

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Michael Dunn, 47, the Florida man on trial for killing unarmed teen Jordan Davis, 17, during an argument over loud music, claimed that he had “no choice” but to shoot the teen because he feared for his life, reports the LA Times.

As previously reportedDavis was gunned down by Dunn at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012.  Dunn claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he sprayed the vehicle with nine bullets before driving away, leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

Dunn was initially charged with 2nd-degree murder but his charges were upgraded to 1st-degree murder, in addition to three counts of attempted murder for each of Davis’ friends who were inside of the SUV.

“Jordan Davis kept escalating this until the point I had no choice,” Dunn testified today. “It was life and death.”

 

Dunn, who is white, said he and his fiancée had left a wedding reception and were heading home when they stopped at the store and pulled into a spot next to a Durango SUV. “Thumping” music came from the vehicle and Dunn asked those on the vehicle to lower the volume. The sound initially went down. But it was turned back up at Davis’ request, other witnesses have testified.

Responding to questions from his attorney, Cory Strolla, Dunn said he has ear damage and the music “caused him pain.”

The dispute kept getting worse, the defendant said. He testified that one of the teens, using an expletive, said “I should kill” Dunn. “There was no mistake in what he said,” Dunn said from the stand. He went on to describe seeing  “two young men with menacing expressions” in the car.

Dunn said he asked, “Are you talking about me?”

Dunn testified that he tried to de-escalate the situation, but he said the teenager was “showing me a gun and he’s threatening me. I was in fear of my life.”

He said he couldn’t believe what was happening and was frozen in his seat. Dunn said he saw the door move and thought he was going to be killed, but he said he still didn’t go for his gun. Dunn testified that Davis then said, “You’re dead.”

“This is the point where my death is imminent,” said Dunn. He testified that he responded, “You’re not going to kill me.”

Dunn testified that he shot only after he felt he was “in clear and present danger.”

“He said ‘This sh–’s going down,’” he told jurors. “I grabbed the gun and cocked and pointed it to my left. I said, ‘You’re not going to kill me you son of a b—-,’ and I shot.”

Watch Dunn testify below:

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Comment by Elizabeth Fisher on October 5, 2014 at 6:52pm
Very good!!, its about time white man pays for killing a black child
Comment by lynz on October 3, 2014 at 6:09am
One down, one billion to go.
Comment by wayne Bacchus on October 3, 2014 at 4:41am
Justice is served finally!
Comment by Vanessa Kingston-Augustine on October 2, 2014 at 10:50pm
Hope he drops the soap all the time. Good for he Rasssclot. Jah bless
Comment by mr1stroke on October 2, 2014 at 4:09pm

America got it all wrong, things are upside down, they cannot settle a case out of Ferguson Missouri, or Staten Island NY, but they want to go to war with Isis for killing innocent people. what is the difference between Isis and the United police force killing innocent black people, women, men and kids, they have no barrier when it comes to killing, how can you be a peace maker when you cant even have equality in your country, why do you think you never succeed at peace, to the world you are a joke along with those siding with you.

Comment by Cee Gee on October 2, 2014 at 2:51pm

This lying piece of white s*** thought that he would get away with lying....Davis came out the car...yeah right.  You were scared for your life....well you should have kept you f****** mouth shut.  They didn't have to shoot you, they could have jumped you and beat you down but he escalated the situation.  He wanted to kill himself a n****...that's the bottom f****** line.  Please forgive my language but I am so tired of these white men killing our black kids..it has got to stop.

Comment by mr1stroke on October 2, 2014 at 1:38pm

America is feeling the pressure they can feel whats coming, when a black man walks and beheaded a white woman, you know anything is possible, hate recognize hate, compromise is a must, so make your system work for all, now ferguson let see what you got

Comment by conscious1 on October 2, 2014 at 12:51pm

YES!!!  Thank God.  Now send that Mofo up the f****** creek and throw  away the damn key.  Good f****** riddance, and hope he does not remember to  watch his azz..lol!!

Comment by Grittie Smittie on April 6, 2014 at 6:59am
This is crooked system and society that we live in today. This system will never convict a white man on all charges they will always have loop holes for them but let a black man shoot white or kill'em the system will convict him on all charges without a second thought. White people and police always getting away with beating or shooting people of color. #myopinion
Comment by Big Shot... on March 12, 2014 at 12:54am
Big ups @Ruff...

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