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Jordan Davis' parents settle wrongful death suit with Michael Dunn

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  • Jordan Davis was shot in a dispute over loud music on November 23, 2012. Davis was in a parked car with friends in the parking lot of a Gate gas station.

(Updated 1/7/2014 at 3 p.m.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News has learned Jordan Davis' parents have settled their wrongful death lawsuit against Michael Dunn. 

Dunn is accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Davis over loud music in November of 2012.

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John Phillips, the plantiffs' attorney, confirmed the case had been settled but declined to disclose the specifics. Phillips did say his clients got everything they asked for in the settlement but would not say how much money.

"Whether that settlement is $10 or $10 million it's a token. The greater purpose here is both Ron and Lucy (Davis' father and mother) have foundations they started," Phillips said.

Through one of the foundations, two scholarships will be given to Wolfson High School students this spring. Scholarship applications will be open to the public next year.

Phillips said Davis' parents plan to put the majority of the settlement money in the foundations they have created.

Court records reviewed by First Coast News showed the case was dismissed Dec. 30.

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Another civil suit filed on behalf of two teenagers with Davis that night has also been settled, said Phillips.

In February, a server hired by Phillips went to the Duval County Jail to serve 45-year-old Michael Dunn with summons for two civil lawsuits, but Dunn refused to be served.

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The criminal trial for Michael Dunn is scheduled to start on February 3. Phillips said he doesn't expect the settlement to impact Dunn's criminal case.

"The civil standard is very different from the criminal standard. It doesn't mean he admitted fault. It doesn't mean certainly that he's guilty of the crime," Phillips says. "It's he and his team have chosen to get rid of the civil portion."

For complete coverage visit our special section on the Michael Dunn trial

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