The second loud music trial is set to begin. Michael Dunn’s first case ended in a mistrial, as the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision. Dunn is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis. According to witness reports, Davis was killed amid an argument over loud music.
On November 23, 2012, Dunn was visiting Jacksonville, Florida, for a wedding. He and his girlfriend, Rhonda Rouer, stopped at the Gate gas station for a bottle of wine. Davis was a passenger in a SUV, which was parked next to Dunn’s vehicle.
Although the SUV’s driver was inside the gas station, Jordan Davis and three others remained inside the car. The teens were reportedly listening to loud rap music.
According to Dunn, he asked the teens to lower the volume. However, they refused to comply. The defendant and the teens got into a heated verbal argument. Unfortunately, the argument eventually turned physical.
During the initial loud music trial, Michael Dunn testified that Jordan Davis threatened him with a gun. Fearing for his life, Dunn pulled out his own gun and fired 10 shots. Following the commotion, the teens fled the scene. Dunn and his girlfriend returned to their hotel room.
After leaving the gas station, the teens drove to another parking lot. At that point, they realized Davis was seriously injured. Although they called for help, it was simply too late. Within hours, the 17-year-old was dead.
As reported by Rolling Stone, Davis’ friends deny Dunn’s accusations. Furthermore, authorities were unable to locate a gun among Davis’ possessions or inside the SUV. Dunn was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
The loud music trial gained national attention as it closely resembled the trial of George Zimmerman. On February 26, 2012, Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Although he was charged with murder, Zimmerman was acquitted in July 2013.
The outcome of both cases was attributed to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law — which allows residents to defend themselves with deadly force. Although George Zimmerman is now a free man, Michael Dunn is facing a retrial.
State Attorney Angela Corey does not believe Jordan Davis was killed in self-defense. She hopes the new jury will agree.
As reported by Florida Today, Dunn remains incarcerated on charges of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle. His first-degree murder retrial began on Monday.
Following jury selection, the second loud music trial is expected to last two weeks. If convicted, Michael Dunn will face a minimum sentence of 60 years in prison.