Michael Dunn Faces 60 Years, Not For First Degree Murder
Assistant State Attorney Angela Corey has announced plans to retry Dunn for first-degree murder…
According to USA Today:
Michael David Dunn faces at least 60 years inside a prison cell for firing 10 bullets toward a group of teenagers in a sport-utility vehicle during an escalating argument over booming rap music in a gasoline station parking lot. But they deadlocked on whether Dunn murdered Jordan Davis, 17, when he shot at the SUV. Three of the nine bullets that hit the car struck Davis, who was in the rear passenger seat. The gunfire missed the other teens.
After almost 32 hours of deliberations over four days — on the eve of what would have been Davis’s 19th birthday — a Duval County jury convicted Dunn on three counts of second-degree attempted murder Saturday night. Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson said each count carries a 20-year minimum mandatory sentence. These sentences must run consecutively, said Jackelyn Barnard, spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office. Jurors also convicted Dunn, 47, of shooting or throwing a deadly missile. This felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, Wolfson said.
The trial was the latest Florida case to raise questions about self-defense and race; Dunn is white and the teens were black. It came six months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting 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 as was the Zimmerman case.
The case is not likely over. Circuit Judge Russell Healey declared a mistrial on the first-degree murder count. State Attorney Angela Corey said after the verdict that her office would retry Dunn for first-degree murder. “When you’re seeking justice for four different victims, and you get a verdict that speaks to justice for three of those victims, it makes you more determined to seek justice again for that fourth victim,” Corey said.
Dunn’s jury was composed of four white men, four white women, two black women, one Asian female and one Hispanic man. Including meal breaks, the jury deliberated for roughly 3 hours Wednesday, 9 hours Thursday, 10 hours Friday and 10 hours Saturday.
Dozens of demonstrators marched outside the Duval County Courthouse Saturday, shouting “Murder is a crime! Michael Dunn should do the time!” and other chants. They carried colorful signs bearing slogans such as “Our Black Youth Are Beautiful,” “Justice For Jordan,” and “The Only One With A Gun Was Dunn.”
Davis’s father, Ron, said his son was a good kid. “Michael Dunn has got minimums of 20 years on one count. Another 20 years on another count. Another minimum 20 years on another count,” Ron Davis said. “So he’s going to learn that he must be remorseful for the killing of my son.”
Do you think that Michael Dunn character is remorseful??? Absolutely not.
Thoughts on what the verdict will be after Angela Corey retries Dunn for first-degree murder???
R.I.P. to Jordan Davis.