A Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty on four out of five charges Saturday (Feb. 15), stemming from the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Dunn was found guilty on three counts of attempted murder and a single count of firing a gun into a vehicle, but the jury could not come to a conclusion on whether or not he committed murder in the November 2012 incident. He is expected to be tried again for first degree murder.
Jurors deliberated for more than 30 hours, and refused the option to speak in a post-verdict conference. Although they weren’t able to reach a verdict on the biggest of the charges, Dunn will spend at least 75 years in prison — a minimum of 20 years for each of the four counts of which he was convicted. “It’s sad, for Mr. Dunn that he will live the rest of his life in that sense of torment,” Davis’ mother said after the verdict.
“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 are so grateful for the truth. We are so grateful that the jurors were able to understand the common sense of it all.”
Davis would’ve turned 19 on Sunday (Feb. 16). Dunn shot Davis at a Florida gas station because the teen and his friends refused to turn their music down. “My rear-view mirror was shaking,” testified Dunn during the trial. “My eardrums were vibrating. It was ridiculously loud.”
Following an exchange of words Dunn says he saw a gun in the teens’ car, and pulled his own firearm from his glove compartment. He dumped nine shots into the vehicle, hitting Davis –who was unarmed — several times.
After the shooting, Dunn and his girlfriend left the scene. He was later apprehended at his home in Satellite Beach, Fla. and claims shooting the teen out of self-defense. However, he did not seek a special “stand your ground” hearing, which could have granted him immunity from criminal prosecution.
“This defendant was disrespected by a 17-year-old teenager, and he lost it,” Assistant State Atty. Erin Wolfson said. “Dunn wasn’t happy with Jordan Davis’ attitude. What was his response? You’re not going to talk to me likes that. He took these actions because it was premeditated. It was not self defense.”
Defense attorney Cory Strolla laid out an opposing view. “We understand Jordan Davis was human and this was a tragedy,” he said. “Deadly force is justifiable if Dunn reasonably believed he faced an attempted murder of himself or another.”
The partial conviction has left his client “in disbelief,” Strolla said.
Dunn will be sentenced March 24.
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