JACKSONVILLE — Jurors have begun a second day of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of Floridian Michael Dunn, charged in the 2012 shooting death of a 17-year-old in a dispute over loud rap music.
Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer, says he feared for his life and was acting in self-defense on Nov. 23, 2012, when he fatally shot Jordan Davis in a gas station parking lot.
Dunn testified that music coming from the Dodge Durango where Davis sat with three friends, all black, was "obnoxious," and said he fired 10 shots at the SUV. Davis was hit three times and died a short time later. The case has been compared to the racially charged Trayvon Martin case, in which neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman said he killed the Florida teen in self-defense during a February 2012 altercation. Zimmerman was later acquitted of second-degree murder.
Dunn testified in court this week that he felt threatened as Davis hurled insults at him from the SUV. Dunn also testified that Jordan reached down, picked something up and slammed it against a rear passenger door of the Dodge Durango where he sat.
Assistant State Attorney General John Guy testified that Davis never was a threat. Prosecutors said no weapon was found in the Durango.
Dunn and his fiancée were in Jacksonville to attend the wedding of Dunn's son, Christopher.
Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday that Dunn should be convicted of murder because he "went crazy" and systematically and methodically fired "round after round after round" — 10 bullets in all — into a Dodge Durango containing four black teenagers.
"Let me be very clear. On Nov. 23, 2012, this defendant shot and killed Jordan Davis. There was no gun in that Durango. There was no stick. There was no bat. There was no lead pipe. There was no gun," Wolfson said, kicking off closing arguments at the Duval County Courthouse in downtown Jacksonville.
"What was in that Durango was four teenage boys," Wolfson said.
Dunn's defense lawyer, Cory Strolla, told jurors that his client had every constitutional right under the law to defend himself that night, and he attacked the prosecution's evidence against his client — "garbage in is garbage out."
Jurors can consider lesser charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder and attempted manslaughter.