Michael Dunn

Juror: Most voted for murder in loud-music case


Michael Dunn smiles at his parents during a break in his trial in Jacksonville, Fla. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Dunn is charged in the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012. (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)

Michael Dunn smiles at his parents during a break in his trial in Jacksonville, Fla. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Dunn is charged in the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012. (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A juror from the trial over a Florida teen’s death after a loud-music argument says most of the panel wanted a murder conviction and that race wasn’t a factor in deliberations.

In a Tuesday night interview with ABC News, the woman says only two jurors initially believed 47-year-old Michael Dunn was justified in the 2012 shooting outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn is white; 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., was black.

She says an eventual 9-3 deadlock left jurors unable to reach a decision Saturday. They voted to convict Dunn of three counts of attempted murder over shooting at Davis’ friends, also in the SUV with the music playing.

She says the nine jurors were split among first-degree, second-degree and manslaughter verdicts.

The woman asked to be identified only as Valerie. She appeared on camera. Jurors’ names haven’t been released.

Source: AP

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mike says:

If they would have charged him with 2nd degree or manslaughter instead of 1st degree intentional homicide, he would have probably been convicted the first time around. The problem with Florida is that their legal experts (State Attorney and assistants) are basically incompetant.

   

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