Michael Dunn, the man who pumped nine shots into a parked Dodge Durango full of teenage boys, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over the kids’ loud music, took the stand Tuesday in his defense, telling the jury, “I thought I was going to be killed.”
Dunn, 47, claimed that he saw what he believed was the barrel of a shotgun, which prompted him to start firing. Police found no weapon in the teens’ SUV.
Also been swirling around the case are letters believed to have been written by Dunn while in prison awaiting his trial.
According to several news outlets, Dunn, who is on trial for first-degree murder for the November 2012 shooting of Jordan, wrote letters to family members, friends and others claiming that he was being treated unfairly by the media and that the court system was biased toward blacks. In a letter to his daughter about “thugs,” he wrote, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior,” WTEV News reports.
While it is unclear if the letters were allowed to be included in the court proceedings, the state attorney’s office released more than 150 pages of evidence in the first-degree murder case, which included copies of the letters written by Dunn.
In many of the letters, Dunn wrote about his health, the status of his case, what happens next in the legal process and what he was doing to pass his time, WTEV News reports.
He told unknown recipients that he was a target of media bias and that he was not the monster the media has portrayed him to be.
“As you can imagine, I’m not getting much sympathy from the press,” Dunn wrote. “The’re (sic) a bunch of liberal b—–s.” He goes on to say that, “North Florida is more like the Deep South. They seem to have a lot of racial guilt, or at least the prosecutor’s office does.”
In another letter, Dunn claimed that the state attorney’s office is playing legal games and trying to break him financially with fees. He also accused them of being sympathetic to blacks, WTEV News reports.
“It’s spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs,” he noted. He went on to say, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.”