The prosecution has just rested their case against accused murderer Michael Dunn. Dunn, a white 47-year-old Florida man is standing trial for shooting an unarmed black 17-year-old named Jordan Davis the day after Thanksgiving, 2012.
Davis and three friends were parked at a gas station in Jacksonville playing loud rap music, when the defendant and his fiancée pulled up. Dunn became enraged at the volume of the music and called it “thug music” to his girlfriend. Dunn asked the teens to turn the music down, and then all hell broke loose.
“F**k that, n****r, turn it back up” was the response 17-year-old Davis gave when his friend 18-year-old Tevin Thompson, in the front passenger seat of the Dodge Durango, agreed to Dunn’s request to turn the music down. A heated verbal altercation ensued between Davis, and Dunn.
Dunn’s defense claims Davis tried to get out of the car, however Thompson said that Davis would be unable to do so, because someone would have to unlock the door for him, because it had child locks on it.
Thompson also testified that when another friend came back from inside the store to get into the Durango, that he turned the music down to tell him what had happened between Davis and Dunn, he then testified that Dunn’s last words were: “Are you talking to me?” And then Dunn reached inside his glove compartment, got out a gun, and fired it directly at Jordan Davis.
Thompson’s testimony that Dunn pointed the gun directly at Jordan Davis is critical because in order for the prosecution to get a first degree murder conviction they have to prove intent.
Thompson also says that they put the Durango in reverse, and that defendant Dunn kept shooting at the car. Dunn continued shooting at the car, even while he was driving away.
One of Jordan’s friends testified that Jordan was grasping for air, and his head fell into his lap, when he touched his Jordan’s chest he got blood on his hands.
The defense of Michael Dunn is that he felt threatened and that he thought he saw what appeared to be a gun inside the Durango (which had tinted windows). Dunn is using the controversial stand your ground defense.
The only weapon found inside the vehicle was a pocket knife belonging to the victim, it was found in his pocket, Jordan’s friends testified that the only thing Jordan had in his hands during the verbal altercation with Dunn was his cell phone.
The defense is attacking the credibility of the driver of the Durango, Tommie Strones who was on felony probation at the time of the shooting for a third degree felony.
The defense also theorizes that when Jordan’s friends got out of the Durango to check on him that they also disposed of the gun. The defense is also attacking the way law enforcement handled the crime scene. Dunn’s defense argues that police didn’t shut down the parking lot when they arrived on the scene and they never looked for a gun that could have been disposed of.
However, that argument may not carry much weight. A witness, Alyssa LeBlack testified that she was leaving a restaurant next to the gas station and witnessed everything. She says she never once witnessed the teens take anything out of the vehicle. Her testimony is corroborated by her brother Christopher.
Before the prosecution rested their case against Dunn they called medical examiner Stacey Simons to the stand. She testified that Davis had three bullets enter his body.
Jacksonville detective Andrew Kipple also testified against Dunn. Kipple testified that the driver, and the passenger barely escaped being shot. The Durango had nine bullet holes in it.
After the shooting instead of calling 911, Dunn and his girlfriend drove to their hotel room and ordered pizza, and then drove to their South Florida home where he was arrested. The couple was in Jacksonville to attend the wedding of Dunn’s son.
The defense is currently putting on their case, and when they wrap it up, I will recap the highlights.
What do you all think? Weigh in what you think the verdict will be. Did the state prove first degree murder? Did the defense poke holes in the credibility of Jordan’s friends?
While this case is being compared to Zimmerman, it is much different. Zimmerman did have injuries, a physical altercation did happen between Trayvon and Zimmerman. Here we have a verbal argument. Zimmerman also called 911 and was on the phone with them before the shooting, Dunn and his wife went to their hotel, ordered pizza, had rum and coke and watched a movie before taking off to their South Florida home.
The case against Dunn is much stronger, and the circumstances are much different. I don’t see Dunn getting away, but we’ve seen defendants walk in Florida… Dare I say the name Casey Anthony? We’ll see what happens…