Michael Dunn

Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music

dunn15-largeJACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) — 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 a sports utility vehicle 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 police 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 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.

“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.


Source: AP

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Lynne says:

Michael Dunn let his arrogance get in the way of common sense. Don’t like the loud music from the SUV next to you? Move your car.

Betty says:

Such a waste of life for e1 involved…I hate to be bombarded by loud music too at red lights etc but it all goes away in a few minutes…

Art0fLife says:

It’s insane. Had this man done like all the rest of us who are annoyed with people playing their loud music at gas stations, car washes, etc… He’d be a free man, and that kid would still be alive. All it would have taken is him just being patient (being an ADULT) and simply going on his way.

It’s amazing. One moment in time, one simple choice… A kid is dead, and this man effectively ended his own life. Because he was annoyed some teenagers were being teenagers and just couldn’t move along on his way.

lenna says:

Its about time. Mr. Dunn should have just minded his own business.


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