Mistrial on Murder Charge in Michael Dunn Case

The five men and seven women jury have reached a decision in four of the five charges and are deadlocked over murder in the first degree charge.

Tonyaa Weathersbee

Updated Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.  The jury in the Michael Dunn murder trial, in the murder of Jordan Davis, is deadlocked on the charge of first degree murder and the lesser charges of second degree murder. The judge declared that charge of murder to be mistried.  Michael Dunn has been found guilty of attempted second-degree murder on three counts and of firing missiles.

Each count of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. The prosecution has the option of re-trying Dunn on the murder count.

Watch Jordan Davis’ parents reaction to the verdict here.

Updated Feb. 15, 5:59 p.m. From The Root contributor Tonyaa Weathersbee in the court: “Jury is deadlocked on the murder one charge—the murder of Jordan Davis—and the second degree and manslaughter charge attached to it. They have reached a decision on the three attempted murder charges and the firing deadly missiles charge; we just don’t know what it is. The judge has sent them to deliberate further to break the deadlock.”

According to a CNN analyst, the jury—made up of four white females, two black females, four white males, an Asian female and a Hispanic male—have been quite fiesty, stating that yelling can be heard through the walls during delibirations.

CNN believes that the jury has come back with guilty verdicts on four counts, three of which carry 20 years apiece for Dunn, meaning that he would serve a minimum 60 years with no possibility of parole. A hung jury on the first charge doesn’t mean that the entire case is thrown out but rather that he could be charged again with first-degree murder. In this case, another jury would hear the same information in hopes that they could reach a conclusion. Whether or not Dunn is charged again with first-degree murder would be the decision of States Attorney Angela Corey. If so, sentencing on the other charges would most likely be held until a new jury can reach a conclusion on the first-degree murder charge.

Updated Feb. 15, 10:45 a.m. From The Root contributor Tonyaa Weathersbee in the court: “In recess again. Jury had more questions. They wanted to know if they had to consider each count separately or together. For example, they wanted to know if they found that deadly force was justified against one victim, could they find that it wasn’t justified against the others.”