Michael Dunn, as he sat in jail awaiting trial for killing an African-American teen in Jacksonville, Florida, made phone calls to his fiancé in which he pitied himself as a “victim,” but also declared himself the “victor” in the shooting that left 17-year-old Jordan Davis dead.
Also yesterday, Prosecutor Angela Corey announced that she would seek a retrial of Michael Dunn on the first-degree murder charge that led to a hung jury in his recently completed trial.
Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder for shooting at and missing the other three youths in the same vehicle as Davis. As one commentator, Southern Methodist University Professor Angela Ards described the verdict, “Dunn has been found guilty of missing the other black boys in the car, of failing to kill them all.”
The Florida state attorney’s office released recordings Monday of nine calls that Michael Dunn made from jail in the month after he shot and killed Davis in a convenience store parking lot. Dunn opened fire after Davis and three friends in a Dodge Durango refused to turn down loud music they were playing on the vehicle’s audio system.
Dunn claimed that Jordan Davis leveled a shotgun at him. This caused Michael Dunn to retrieve his own pistol from the glove compartment of his car, firing 10 rounds, one of which struck and killed Davis. But no shotgun was found at the scene and the teens in the car never fired at Dunn.
Michael Dunn also asserted that Davis got of the Durango and threatened him, but the coroner’s report showed that Davis was shot while seated inside the SUV.
As The Inquisitr reported yesterday, a neighbor of Michael Dunn, Charles Hendrix, said Dunn told him, “I can’t wait for somebody to try something with me when I have my gun!” Hendrix said he believed that Dunn desired an opportunity to shoot someone, and also that Dunn held racist views toward members of minority groups.
“I’m the f*** victim here, I was the one who was victimized,” Michael Dunn said in a phone call from jail in December of 2012. “I mean I don’t know how else to cut it, like they attacked me, I’m the victim. I’m the victor, but I was the victim too.”
Saying that he was “the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back,” Michael Dunn compared his predicament to “how the police used to think when a chick got raped going, ‘Oh, it’s her fault because of the way she dressed.'”
The now-47-year-old Dunn went on to tell his fiancé Rhonda Rouer that he felt he was being blamed for the death of Davis “because I asked then to turn their music down.”
“I refused to be a victim and now I’m incarcerated,” Michael Dunn said in one phone call.