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article imageMichael Dunn trial begins; case similar to George Zimmerman's

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     Feb 3, 2014 in Crime
Jacksonville - Jury selection begins Monday in the trial for Michael Dunn, a white software developer, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jordan Davis, 17, an unarmed black teenager.
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey will be the lead prosecutor.
The case has drawn national attention with similarities between it and George Zimmerman's. In both, black teens were killed after a confrontation with armed white or Hispanic men who used the Stand Your Ground defense.
There has also been an ongoing battle for public records, and reportedly, the Florida Times-Union had to file several motions to access records.
According to police, Dunn, 47, fatally shot Davis outside a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station convenience store, on Nov. 23, 2012, after arguing over loud music playing from a red SUV where Davis was a passenger.
Davis and his friends reportedly stopped to get a snack after shopping at the nearby St. Johns Town Center.
After Dunn and his live-in girlfriend, Rhonda Rouer, attended the wedding reception of Dunn’s son, they pulled into a parking lot next to the teens’ vehicle. According to Rouer, Dunn had three rum and coke drinks before driving.
Per Rouer, Dunn said, “Uh, I hate that thug music,” when they pulled up next to the SUV.
Rouer then went inside the convenience store to buy a bottle of wine and chips. She and an unnamed party inside the store heard shooting. The other person shouted, “Look, he's shooting! He's shooting out of the car, I swear to God." Dunn had fired multiple times into the SUV.
The girlfriend said she had no idea what was happening outside and had not heard a verbal altercation prior to going in the store. Then she returned to the car and was told to "get in the car," by Dunn.
After getting inside, she asked what happened, and reportedly, Dunn told her he shot at the car that the music was coming from, because the teens threatened to kill him. She then witnessed Dunn putting his gun back into the glove compartment.
Rouer added that Dunn said he asked the teens to turn down their music and one complied, but another one said, “We don’t have to turn our music down for that a**hole.” Curses were exchanged between Dunn and the teens.
After the shooting, the couple did not call the police, because they were concerned about their dog, “Charlie,” and did not learn that Davis had died until watching the news the following day. Instead of returning to their hotel in Jacksonville, they drove home to Satellite Beach to take care of “Charlie,” then went to the police. Dunn was then arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
Although Dunn told Rouer he feared for his life, she said that he did not mention that the teens pointed a gun at him. When questioned by the police, he said it may have been a stick but “in my mind, they had a weapon.” Police said that they did not find a gun in the vehicle or near the scene of the incident.
Dunn remains incarcerated as he awaits trial, because bond was denied.
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