Starkly Different Stories Emerging From Michael Dunn Trial

The prosecution and defense painted two contrasting stories for the 12-person jury as everything—except for the fact that Dunn did kill 17-year-old Jordan Davis—was brought under intense scrutiny.


Fact: Michael Dunn killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Everything else about the Florida case, however, appears to be up for debate.

Dunn’s defense attorneys are certainly trying to poke holes and inject doubts into every argument the prosecution presents, CNN reports.

The way Assistant State Attorney John Guy told the jury the prosecution’s side of the story, Davis and three of his friends had stopped at the Jacksonville, Fla., gas station during their Thanksgiving break in 2012 to pick up gum and cigarettes after scoping out different malls and “shopping” for girls. Dunn approached the teens in the station, asking them to turn down their music, and when Davis replied, “F–k that, n–ger,” Dunn, feeling angered and disrespected, shot and killed Davis.

The defense told it differently, saying that Dunn was threatened when he asked the teens to turn down their window-rattling music. Davis showed a weapon, either a gun or a pipe, before telling Dunn that he was going to kill him. “You’re dead, bitch. This is going down now,” defense attorney Cory Strolla claimed that Davis said.

Strolla also claimed that Davis was trying to get out of the car with the alleged weapon so he could make good on his promise to harm Dunn.

“God didn’t make all men equal. Colt did. Colt is a firearm,” Strolla said. “[Dunn] had every right under the law to not be a victim, to be judged by 12 rather than carried by six.”

Guy, however, pointed to witnesses who claimed that Dunn began shooting after telling Davis, “You’re not going to talk to me like that!”

“Jordan Davis was sitting in his car seat with the door closed with nothing in his hands,” Guy told the jury. “Michael David Dunn pointed a semiautomatic pistol at four unarmed kids at a distance much closer than you and I.”

The teens’ alleged weapon was also a source of contention in the trial. Although police swept the vehicle and found nothing more than a basketball, some basketball shoes, clothing, a camera tripod and cups, Strolla insisted that the boys had time to stash the weapon.