GUILTY: Michael Dunn Convicted Of 1st-Degree Murder In “Loud Music” Trial (VIDEO)
On Wednesday, jurors in Jacksonville, Florida convicted defendant Michael Dunn of 1st degree murder in the shooting death of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old unarmed teenager.
In a much publicized case that sparked national outrage, Davis – a black man – was killed in November of 2012 while riding with other passengers in an SUV that Dunn, who is white, riddled with bullets – at least 10 shots – after an argument about loud music coming from the SUV. Nunn claimed he had used his weapon in self-defense. Immediately after the shooting, Dunn never called the police – even after he had discovered he had killed someone. Instead, he went back to a hotel he was staying at, poured a drink, and ordered a pizza.
Although some jurors claimed that this case was not about race, the state of Florida has been under the national microscope. Because of the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws in Florida, and the acquittal of the troubled neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin last year, the conviction of 1st degree charges for Dunn is seen as justice by many.
The victim’s father said the verdict made Jacksonville “a shining example that you could have a jury made of mostly white people, white men,” that delivers justice in a racially charged case.
“Hopefully,” Davis said, “this is a start where we don’t have to look at the makeup of a jury anymore.”