Starkly Different Stories Emerging From Michael Dunn Trial

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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.

Although investigators say that the teens did not have time to leave the parking lot, Strolla claimed that witnesses saw the teens drive about 100 yards away before coming back to the scene and asking for someone to call 911, CNN notes.


He pointed to witnesses who could not account for the teens immediately after the incident, and pointed to two other witnesses who said they appeared to be "stashing" something.

Strolla also slammed investigators, claiming that they did not secure the scene for a proper search, and saying that they waited days before looking in nearby brush and garbage.


A knife was found in Davis' pocket, which Guy said was a "pocket knife" but Strolla described as a "4-inch-blade tactical knife," CNN reported, but it doesn't seem that this detail will play a huge part in the case.

Another dispute between the two sides is Dunn's alleged callousness after the shooting. Dunn was reported to have driven off with his girlfriend to St. Augustine, where he allegedly took his dog for a walk, ordered pizza, watched a movie and poured a tall class of rum and coke. The couple never called 911.


When they saw the news about the shooting the next morning, they still did not contact authorities but packed up their bags and drove home to Satellite Beach, where Dunn was finally taken into custody. Dunn claimed that he was just trying to organize his life—such as who will take care of his dog—before reporting the incident.

Strolla placed the blame at Dunn's girlfriend's feet, saying that she was "petrified" because she "didn't know the law of self-defense" and wanted to go home.


An attorney for Davis' family, John Phillips, told the news station that he foresees a quick trial, one that will hopefully be over before Feb. 16. That day would have been Davis' 19th birthday.

Read more at CNN.