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Jordan Davis: Florida's next Trayvon Martin case?

12:09 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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Jacksonville, Florida -- With emotions still high following George Zimmerman's acquittal of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, many people's eyes are turning to another case where a man is accused of gunning down an unarmed teen.

46-year-old Michael Dunn is accused of killing Jordan Davis in Jacksonville last November, in an argument over loud music.

Similar to Trayvon Martin, Davis was 17, unarmed and African American.

While Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law was never used in the Zimmerman trial, it may come into play in this case. Dunn told investigators that he opened fire because he feared for his life as he sat in his car at a gas station.

"There was an SUV next to us and then the music starts. I rolled down my window and I thought I was polite, and I asked the nicely, I didn't demand. I said, 'Hey, would you guys mind turning that down?' They shut it off and I was like, 'Thank you,'" First Coast News quotes Dunn saying.

But the man claims minutes later the music was turned up again and a passenger began threatening him.

"I saw a barrel come up on the window, like a single shot shotgun where this is a barrel ... It was either a barrel or a stick, but sir, they're like, 'We are going to kill you' and then they said, 'You are a dead (expletive),'" he told investigators.

Dunn said he next reached into his glove box, pulled out his 9 mm handgun and fired four times, then shot four more rounds as the SUV drove away.

Police said the people in the SUV were unarmed. Dunn and his girlfriend returned to Brevard County the day after the shooting, but a witness who wrote down the couple's license plate provided information leading police to Dunn's Satellite Beach condo.

He was arrested a day later.

John Phillips, an attorney for Jordan Davis' family, cautions people not to make too many comparisons with the Trayvon Martin case.

In a statement to First Coast News, he said, "As we approach trial, we have a strong interest in uniting this city, state and country, letting them all know about this wonderful family and its terrible loss and have learned from the cold and forced messages of other suits ... We want a fair trial and were all shaken by the events in Sanford."

Dunn's lawyers have also previously distanced their client from the Trayvon case.

"That's ridiculous. Michael is not a vigilante," attorney Robin Lemonidis told CNN last year. "He's a brilliant software developer. It was never his intention to kill anyone."

Dunn's trial is expected to begin in September or October.


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