The parents of Jordan Davis slammed juror No. 8 in the Michael Dunn trial for her take in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday night, saying that she was neither genuine nor paying attention to the trial.
When asked by Cooper what they thought of Creshuna Miles’ comments, the parents pulled no punches.
“I don’t think she’s being genuine,” father Ron Davis said. “For her as an African-American female to go into this case, with this type of evidence, with this type of rage, with [Dunn] saying ‘thug music,’ how can you as a juror not think this is about race?
“Before you even met Jordan, before you even looked at Jordan, looked at his clothes or anything else, you heard rap music, and so you assume it’s all African Americans in the car, and you said, ‘I hate that thug music.’ So it is about race.”
In an earlier CNN exclusive, Miles, better known as juror No. 8, told another reporter, Alina Machado, that she didn’t think race played into the case.
“I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy.’ Because that was—that wasn’t the case,” the 21-year-old said, adding that she was just looking for justice.
“I think she didn’t want it to be about race,” Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath, added, when asked by Cooper if she thought Miles was naive. “I think she really hoped that that was not an element of it. But it’s always been an element of what happened in our case.”
Miles even told reporters that she thought Dunn was a “nice guy.”
“That was very surprising,” McBath said. “Because in my mind nice guys don’t shoot unarmed teenagers.”
“If she thought he was a nice guy, that tells me she wasn’t paying attention to the testimony,” Ron Davis said. “When Miss Rouer testified, he never said that there was a weapon in the car. No gun, no stick, bottle, anything. And he drove to the hotel, ate pizza, drove back to his home the next day. Not one time did he say there was a weapon, and who would do that? If someone threatened you with a shotgun you would tell the closest person to you … [He] never said one word, never dialed 911. That doesn’t sound like a good person.”