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Fla. man guilty of lesser counts in 'loud music' shooting

Michael Dunn: Guilty On 4 Counts, Mistrial On Murder Charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A 47-year-old software developer was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers after an argument about their loud music, but jurors couldn't agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder.

After more than 30 hours of jury deliberations over four days, a mistrial was declared on the murder charge that Michael Dunn faced in the fatal shooting of one of the black teens. The 12 jurors found him guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

Dunn was charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 after they got into an argument over music coming from the parked 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."

Dunn showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. Davis' parents each left the courtroom in tears.

Earlier in the day, jurors said in a note to Judge Russell L. Healey that they were having trouble reaching agreement on the murder charge. He asked them to continue their work, and they went back to the deliberation room for two more hours.

"I've never seen a case where deliberations have gone on for this length of time ..." Healey said after the verdict. "They've embraced their civic duty and they are to be commended for that."

Dunn claimed he acted in self-defense, testifying he thought he saw a firearm pointed at him from the SUV as Davis yelled insults at him and the argument escalated. No weapon was found in the SUV.

Dunn told jurors he feared for his life, perceiving "this was a clear and present danger." Dunn, who has a concealed weapons permit, fired 10 shots, hitting the vehicle nine times.

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.

"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 the latest Florida case 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.

Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, told reporters before the verdict that he believed there was political pressure on the prosecutors and an excess of media attention because of Zimmerman's acquittal.

"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."

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loose1roc February 17 2014 at 9:51 PM

THIS YEAR I'M GONNA DRESS UP AS A WHITE GARBAGE CAN FOR HALLOWEEN......SO WHEN THEY ASK ME WHAT I AM DRESSED AS I CAN SAY WHITE TRASH,LMAOOOOO

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loose1roc February 17 2014 at 9:49 PM

ALL WHITES SHOULD BE EXTINCT,LMFAOOOOOOOO

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carolyn9m February 17 2014 at 10:07 AM

In my city no matter what the race you go to trial without media coverage. The trial doesn't take days nor weeks, jurors decide and you go to the pokey. News media's in bigger cities and in problem cities will do what they can to keep the ball rolling and feel this in itself angers the public and then all take sides. To me wrong is wrong and needs to be dealt with.

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rahclassick February 17 2014 at 1:13 AM

I have been going back and fourth with other posters that have different opinions on everything, This is my last post on this case, If you believe in God Jesus Christ Almighty make amends now because none of us gets A do-over.

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carolyn9m February 16 2014 at 9:06 PM

Theres so much nonsense and misinformation on here that you can see why there are problems between the races. People are expecting kids to behave more as adults while the adults are acting like uneducated nimrods. No kid whatever race should have had to answer to some idiot on turning their music down. Dunn was only going to be there a few minutes and was just being intolerant and not so sure he actually knew the kids were black as it wouldn't have made any difference to him. Could have been white kids listening to the annoying music as they do here in my area and they would have also been in trouble. The man had been drinking and quite possibly tired so he got pissed. Mistake one was rolling window down and opening his big yap. Jury did what they with information they had. This is the result of televised trials and the media taking over. Sensationalism at its worst.

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kbryan6829 February 16 2014 at 7:08 PM

..............................................VERY UNFORTUNATE.................FOR THOSE OF YOU READING THIS.............
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE CHILDREN/ GRANDCHILDREN, NIECES, NEPHEWS ETC..................... ARE YOU SAYING IT'S OK FOR A STRANGER TO SHOOT AND KILL YOUR LOVE ONES.................JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE WALKING ! TALKING ! RUNNING ! LOUD ! DISRESPECTFUL ! CHEWING ! LOOKING ! SITTING ! YOUNGER ! OLDER ! BLACK ! WHITE ! MIXED? ! BEING ON WELFARE! NOT WORKING ! STUDENT ! ETC. WHATEVER REASON SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE, FOR THESE YOUNG UNARMED LOVED ONES, LOOSING THEIR LIFE, ! BEWARE ! ! ! YOUR LOVE ONE IS NEXT AND SOMEONE WILL HAVE A DAMN GOOD REASON ! !!! WATCH OUT!!!!! THE HAND WRITING IS ON THE WALL!!!!!!

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StarGazer February 16 2014 at 6:56 PM

Why didnt he just drive away..? Because he had a gun and he was going to show them.
What an ass hole he fired 10 time in a car full of kids just having alittle fun he should burn!

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wvinson February 16 2014 at 8:00 PM

why didn't the kids drive away. His fiance was inthe store buying stuff. Do you expect him to leave her there alone???

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Tina February 16 2014 at 10:32 PM

What was ALSO left out of this scenario was the fact that they had just left a wedding reception and the fiance was inside buying more alcohol...hmmm. This was reported when this CRIME first occurred, but has somehow been, for lack of a better word...WHITEWASHED!!!

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Deborah February 16 2014 at 6:45 PM

Guess fl is saying if you are a young black male playing music or wearing a hoodie you are fair game.

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jdsmith392 February 16 2014 at 6:19 PM

Dunn should have been sentenced "DONE" for life. He is a disgusting piece of crap. He should have no rights. The kids were just being kids. I don't care what color anyone is, they are human, which is way above what that piece of (crap/dirt/dUNN) is!) I really do hope that life on this earth is VERY, Very short and miserable for him now!! I hope he dies a miserable death! By the way; I am white and have some wonderful friends in several different race groups.
The definition of White is not "supreme". Wake up people!!!!!!

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PaPa Joe February 16 2014 at 6:11 PM

White folks are murdered by black thugs daily and it doesn't even make the news. Every once in a while a white will kill a black and he's hung by the media from day one. I hope he is found not guilty in the retrial and also of the convictions in appeal.

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Renee February 16 2014 at 6:40 PM

People kill people no matter the color. Where did you get this stupid crap?

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aonjetaime February 16 2014 at 8:39 PM

Agreed

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