By Scotty Reid – The Jurors in the 1st degree murder trial of Michael Dunn continued deliberations Saturday morning. Michael Dunn, a 47 yr-old Florida software developer is standing trial for the murder of 17-yr-old Jordan Davis and several more counts of attempted murder including a charge of shooting or throwing a deadly missile. The jury also has the option to consider lesser charges that include second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder and attempted manslaughter.
Jurors, which include one Asian woman, one Hispanic male, two Black women, four White women and four White males, began deliberating the case on Wednesday after closing arguments. Media reports on Friday suggest that the jury may be deadlocked on at least one charge after jurors reported to the presiding judge that it has “reached a wall.” The judge presiding over the case indicated that deliberations might continue until Sunday, which would be on Jordan Davis’s birthday.
Jordan Davis and three of his friends were parked at a Jacksonville gas station when approached by Michael Dunn to turn down their music. After the teens reportedly refused to follow Dunn’s commands, it is reported that he opened fire on the SUV they were sitting in firing at least 10 shots. Jordan Davis was struck in the hail of gunfire and was killed. After the shooting, Dunn drove to a hotel to spend the night with his girlfriend before driving hundreds of miles from the crime scene and was later arrested when police went to his home the following day.
Dunn never called the police to report the confrontation. On the witness stand, Dunn claimed to have been in fear for his life and that the teens had pointed a weapon at him. The teens were unarmed. Despite how some media outlets have characterized the case, Dunn never invoked the controversial law known as “Stand Your Ground” and was not given a SYG hearing but opted instead for a trial by jury.
Update: Jurors are said to be unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the charge of first-degree murder or any of its lesser included offenses.