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On Trial For Murder, Michael Dunn Explains Why He Shot And Killed Jordan Davis

Michael David Dunn, Loud Music Killing

Posted: 02/11/2014 1:30 pm EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from a neighboring vehicle pointed at him and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

Michael Dunn said he tried to de-escalate the confrontation with three teens in a neighboring SUV outside a Jacksonville convenience store in November 2012.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing," Dunn said.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012.

The defense rested its case Tuesday, and then prosecutors called Dunn's fiancee back to the witness stand. Rhonda Rouer contradicted Dunn's assertion that he had told her he had seen a gun in the teens' SUV.

In his testimony, Dunn told jurors he was in Jacksonville with his fiancee to attend his son's wedding. He had brought along on the trip his 7-month-old dog, and at one point in testimony he wiped away tears when talking about his fiancee and dog.

Dunn said he and his fiancee went to the convenience store after the wedding for wine and chips. He said he pulled into a spot next to an SUV where music with a "thumping" bass was playing.

"It got really loud," Dunn said. "My rear view mirror was shaking. My eardrums were vibrating. It was ridiculously loud."

Dunn said he asked the three men in the SUV to turn down the music and they turned it off. "I said, 'Thank you,'" Dunn said. But soon afterward, Dunn said he heard someone in the SUV shouting expletives and the word "cracker" at him. Dunn is white, and the teens in the SUV were black.

The music was turned back on, and Dunn testified, "I wasn't going to ask for favors anymore."

Dunn said the men in the SUV had "menacing expressions," and he asked the teens whether they were talking about him. He said he wanted to de-escalate the situation but saw a teen in the backseat reach down for something which he slammed into the car door. Dunn said it looked as if the barrel of a shotgun was sticking out the window.

One of the teens stepped out of the SUV, Dunn said, and he felt "this was a clear and present danger." He reached for his pistol in a glove box.

Dunn, who had a concealed weapons permit, fired nine shots into the car, according to an affidavit. Once his fiancee returned to the car, he drove off out of fear of the SUV returning, he said.

He described having "tunnel vision," with everything focused on his target.

No weapons were found in the SUV.

Dunn said he told his fiancee on the drive back to the hotel that he had shot in self-defense. The fiancee, Rouer, testified Saturday.

"I didn't do anything wrong," Dunn said he told his fiancee.

Dunn and Rouer drove back to their hotel without calling police. Dunn said he didn't call the police because his focus was on the well-being of Rouer, whom he described as in hysterics. The next morning, Dunn said, Rouer insisted they wanted to go home and they drove back to their home in Brevard County, 175 miles away. There, Dunn said he contacted a neighbor who is in law enforcement for advice on how to turn himself in to authorities.

During cross-examination, prosecutor John Guy challenged Dunn's assertion that he had told his fiancee after the shooting that he thought one of the teens had a gun.

"You never told the love of your life that those guys had a gun," Guy said. "Did you?"

Dunn responded, "You were not there."

Guy challenged Dunn on other parts of his story, citing letters Dunn had written from jail and interviews with investigators. The prosecutor said Dunn had told detectives the day after the shooting that it could have been a stick he saw pointing from the vehicle. But Dunn countered he was just suggesting a far-fetched possibility.

Guy also suggested that Dunn was angry because he was being disrespected by a young black man. Dunn responded, "I was being threatened, not disrespected."

The prosecutor also said Dunn had stated in a jailhouse letter that his car was parked so close to the SUV that it would have been hard for him to exit. Guy said that mean Davis also would have had a hard time getting out of the SUV.

"Jordan Davis was never a threat to you, was he, Mr. Dunn?" Guy said.

Dunn responded, "Absolutely, he was."

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John Hinerman February 12 2014 at 10:02 AM

It is murder simple as that! He was there for wine and chips all he had to do was go in and buy them then leave. I have grown tired of hearing this stand your ground garbage! It is just an excused to start trouble over nothing and then kill to stop what they start. I want to ask would this man have left the scene of an accident and get away with it?
I am a 60 year old white male. I have a very loud car stereo. Who has the right to kill me because of music?

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talldkny February 12 2014 at 8:02 AM

Most of the posters think he will be found guilty. You dont know the jurors here in Florida. Google Wayne Tover a Boca Raton dentist that was found not guilty for shooting four bullets into a car,hitting two individuals. It was a similiar case as this one, only no one got killed. These people feel some how empowered having a gun in their position. All this could have been avoided by just driving away.

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mike_white41 talldkny February 12 2014 at 8:30 AM

Your right, these people don't understand Florida. Until these people in these gerrymandered districts start voting these nuts out this will continue.

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dave1marine February 12 2014 at 12:06 PM

Unless further testimony (as well as PROOF) reveals that there WAS a weapon used to threaten Dunn, I have to come down on the side of the prosecution.
As an owner of firearms for over 40 years, with a carry permit, Dunn did EVERYTHING wrong.
One of the cardinal rules of carrying a weapon is NEVER needlessly INITIATE a confrontation.
He not only (according to his testimony) initiated the confrontation, but presented his weapon and discharged it multiple times at the vehicle, and LEFT THE SCENE.
If Dunn didn't like the loud music, he had other OPTIONS, i.e. move his vehicle, or tolorate the music for the very short period of time he was to be at that store.
As I said, unless solid proof that he was threatend by a weapon arises, he was absolutely WRONG, and is HARMING the cause of legal and law abiding firearm owners in this Country.

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wittlief dave1marine February 12 2014 at 12:23 PM

harming the cause?!
Sorry but this guy IS the cause.
People that think carrying a gun makes them important, to make up for whatever it is that is lacking in their life.
One guy started a confrontation over texting in a movie theater, because he was packing and was not taking any kwrap off anyone.
Another confronted a teenager in his neighborhood, and felt he had the right to confront him.
And now this guy, confronts an SUV FULL of kids who OBVIOUSLY don't give a kwrap what you think about their loud music...

but when you have a GUN in your pants, YOU ARE THE MAN!
THAT is your cause!

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dave1marine wittlief February 12 2014 at 12:35 PM

Evidently you don't know the meaning the several definitions of the word "cause". You also seem to have reading comprehension issues. Don't blame ME for your ingnorance.

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Madeye dave1marine February 12 2014 at 12:45 PM

Another thing a good concealed carry instructor will tell you is is you shoot somebody, you're probably going to go to jail until it's determined whether or not you were justified. This man left the area, didn't wait on police or take himself to the station. Sounds like he doesn't feel like following the rules.

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Willie February 12 2014 at 2:12 AM

It only takes a couple of minutes to enter a store buy what you need and leave. To confront a bunch of inmature kids playing loud music and risking your life and your girlfriend is the dumbest thing in the world to do.

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vista007 Willie February 12 2014 at 2:46 AM

It seems to me the only life that was at risk was that of unarmed, 17 year old Jordan Davis.

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Fresno209 vista007 February 12 2014 at 4:25 AM

Maybe they should have left the music turned down and been nice to the old white guy and his puppy?

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klpatrick4 February 12 2014 at 12:06 PM

I hate loud music too, but it's a service station, not your living room! For Pete's sake, finish-up with your refueling, or go to another station, and then move on. It's these knee-jerk reactions to using a weapon that are the real reason why people are after their government to restrict these things. No gun store owner can ever predict who the hot-head will be that will decide to swat a fly with a hand-grenade.

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rnrinnie1 February 12 2014 at 2:21 AM

To many things do NOT add up.

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nathan February 12 2014 at 12:03 PM

The music was ridiculously loud so I shot them 9 times . You gotta be kidding right .

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arnie nathan February 12 2014 at 12:15 PM


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tomatomike nathan February 12 2014 at 12:51 PM

Good for him. Too bad he ran out of ammo.

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Kichiokami tomatomike February 12 2014 at 9:36 PM

Eat a bullet , fool.

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Mary M. Revis February 12 2014 at 12:02 PM

This man is a liar...pure and simple. The fiance shot down his claim that there was a gun used by the 17 year old, and that he felt in fear of his life. Router ( the finance) stated Dun never told her, he was threaten with a gun or saw a gun. Dunn DID NOT call 911 nor the police. If you are in fear that way..a NORMAL person's reaction is to get help, seek protection by reporting you were threatened with a gun. to the proper authorities. Dunn is FULL OF B.S. If the 17 year old and his friend were asses or being rowdy with loud music, MOVE ON QUICKLY AND GET AWAY don't engage them!...then if they follow you ..there would be just cause/concern to protect yourself. It doesn't take rocket science, to figure out this FOOL has holes in his story (AND HEAD) big enough for a damn mack truck to go through.

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arnie Mary M. Revis February 12 2014 at 12:17 PM


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wolfsonnydiane February 12 2014 at 7:57 AM

In my opinion A lot of comments i read are very racist a lot of them seam to be made by cowards. The shooter used no common sense at all ,used lethal force to settle a small disagreement . A decent law abiding citizen would have moved , made a complaint to store manager , or called police . Ounce the young men turned the music back on it was obvious they were not going to comply with his request. The young men were under no obligation to do what the shooter wanted. We all know the shooter knew this as well so WHY did he not move , complain to management or call police . No he just got his gun and by god he show them bang bang bang----- bang bang bang. Question who seriously thinks that guy wouldn't have done the same to someone be thought cut him off , flirted with his fiance and told him to f of when he complained. COME ON people that guy would have taken the same action no matter who was not complying with his request and telling him so in no uncertain terms. Because they were young colored males is irrelevant. My proof ---- Would you fire over ten bullets into a car then simply drive off ??? No law abiding citizen would do that. No law abiding citizen would think just driving off is the correct thing to do.

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tdiplaci February 12 2014 at 10:29 AM

Why on earth would you confront a vehicle filled with blacks? If the music was too loud, move your car and do your business and leave. This was totally avoidable. As for the anti gun creeps--not everyone who carries a gun does bad things with it. Drunks is cars kill way more people a day in this country than are killed by guns in a year, but we do not clammor to ban cars. Get with the real program.

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barackhusseinobamakillingamerica tdiplaci February 12 2014 at 10:32 AM

Why on earth would you confront a vehicle filled with blacks? .....
Proof that young black males are violent killers - more often than not.

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