From The Grio
The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from a neighboring vehicle pointed at him and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.
Dunn is charged with first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store in November 2012.
The trial comes less than a year after a former Florida neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, was acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin.
Both cases have stoked racial tensions. Dunn is white and Davis was black. No weapons were found in the SUV where Davis was riding with two other teenagers.
Michael Dunn said he tried to de-escalate the confrontation with the teens.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing,” Dunn said.
The defense rested its case Tuesday, and then prosecutors called Dunn’s fiancee back to the witness stand. Rhonda Rouer contradicted Dunn’s assertion that he had told her he had seen a gun in the teens’ SUV.
Dunn told jurors he was in Jacksonville with his Rouer to attend his son’s wedding. He said he and Rouer went to the convenience store after the wedding for wine and chips. He said he pulled into a spot next to an SUV where music with a “thumping” bass was playing.
“It got really loud,” Dunn said. “My rear view mirror was shaking. My eardrums were vibrating. It was ridiculously loud.”
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