There is finally justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the young man gunned down by Michael Dunn after a verbal dispute over loud music in a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in November 2012. Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury of eight men and four women who deliberated just five-and-a-half hours.
A different jury in February failed to convict Dunn on the murder charge, only finding him guilty on three counts of attempted murder for firing into the SUV at Davis' three friends. That jury deadlocked on the killing of Davis, with some apparently believing Dunn's claim that the teenager was threatening him. The state prosecutor quickly announced plans to retry the 47-year-old Dunn, much to the relief of the young man's parents, Ron Davis and Lucy McBath. They had expressed tremendous frustration with the original verdict and had stressfully endured weeks of testimony in the second trial. That testimony included Dunn's insistence that he feared for his life, according to WJXT.
"I see the young man lean down, I see his shoulders and he comes up with something in his hands," Dunn said. "And he bangs it on the door and says, 'Yes, I'm going to [expletive] kill you.'
"I saw the barrel of a gun," Dunn testified. "I was petrified. I shot because my life was being threatened. I was defending myself."
There was no gun, and this jury apparently didn't believe his story. Dunn is now facing a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Read more at WJXT.