Jury: Michael Dunn Guilty Of First-Degree Murder For Shooting Of Jordan Davis
A jury found Michael Dunn guilty today for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the Huffington Post reports.Source: Family Photo
As you may recall, the 47-year-old shot the high school student on November 23, 2012 outside of a convenience store following an argument about loud music. This was Dunn’s second trial, as the jury in his first trial deadlocked in February after they were unable to determine whether or not to convict him for murdering the teen. As a result, a mistrial was declared. They did, however, find Dunn guilty of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at Davis’ friends.
After deliberating for nearly five hours today, the retrial jury reached a guilty verdict.
“He wasn’t shooting at the tires. He wasn’t shooting at the windows. He was shooting to kill, aiming at Jordan Davis,” prosecutor Erin Wolfson told jurors in her closing argument before they went off to deliberate, News 4 JAX reports.
“Let me be very clear: There was no shotgun in that red Durango that night,” Wolfson said. “There was no stick, there was no branch, there was no hollow pipe. There was no weapon. Inside that Dodge Durango were four teenagers … four kids who had just left their moms, four kids who were spending their Black Friday doing what lots of people do — out at the mall, they were just hanging out, being kids, listening to music that they liked.”
Dunn reportedly showed no emotion when the verdict was announced. Dunn faces life in prison without parole; however, a sentencing date has not been set as of yet. While the verdict certainly won’t bring Jordan back, we hope that it provides some sort of solace to his parents knowing that justice has been served.