JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News has learned more about where Michael Dunn spent part of Friday before stopping at the Southside gas station where police say he shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Dunn attended his son's wedding and reception at Winterbourne on the St. Johns in Orange Park. Dunn's attorney Robin Lemonidis said he and his girlfriend had left the reception early on their way back to their Jacksonville hotel room to take care of their puppy.
On the way, they stopped at the Gate gas station at Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville, where Dunn's girlfriend went inside to get a bottle of wine, according to Lemonidis. That's when he ended up parked next to the SUV with Jordan Davis
and three of his friends.
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Here's what we know about Dunn: The 45-year-old father of three is a software developer who lives in Satellite Beach in Brevard County. Lemonidis said her client is well-trained in firearms and is a member of the National Rifle Association. She said he frequently went to the range to target shoot.
Dunn's grandparents gave him his first rifle when he was in third grade to shoot squirrels in their backyard in Wisconsin, according to Lemonidis.
Dunn graduated from Marathon High School in the Keys and decided not to attend a traditional college. Instead, Lemonidis said he went to a computer technical school in California and rose quickly through the ranks working for various companies.
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His attorney described him as a low key, private man. His daughter Rebecca said he loves boating, riding motorcycles, and flying places.
"He's a good father. Everyone that is in his life loves him and everyone that met him of my friends, they are all praying for him, so that shows you he is a good person, you know. He is super, super smart, you now. He does computer software and all this stuff, and he's so funny, nice and outgoing. He loves life and he loves his children and he loves his girlfriend. He's a good, good person," said Rebecca Dunn.
First Coast News has learned that in 2007 when he was flying a plane to Jacksonville, he claimed he accidentally veered into restricted air space at the Kennedy Space Center. That brought out federal officials, and bomb sniffing dogs who thought the
wayward plane might have been an act of terrorism. Dunn was never charged.
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Now Dunn sits in the Duval County jail charged with Jordan Davis' murder and attempted murder.
Here's what we know about Jordan Davis. The 17-year-old Wolfson High School student was raised near Atlanta. His mother said she home-schooled her only child from 4th grade until high school. About two years ago, he moved to Jacksonville to live with his father. Teachers at Wolfson High say Jordan was initially a bit rebellious in class. He was in an intensive reading class for not passing the FCAT, but soon found his way in a new school.
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"During the time he was with me, he must have realized that I really did care about him so one day in the hall, and this is one of the fond memories that I wanted to talk about, he sees me with his arms wide open. He's on the extreme other end of the hallway calling my name 'Mrs. Aponte, will you marry me?' ... he goes ... 'you know I'm just messing with you,'" said Mrs. Aponte.
Davis ended up passing the FCAT and as an upcoming senior, he was starting to figure out what he wanted to do after graduation. His mother said her son wanted to follow in his cousin's footsteps and join the military. Before moving to Florida, he was in the Air Force Junior ROTC.
"He loved people, and he loved God and he was a very sensitive child and he just always wanted everybody to get along and just wanted everybody to come together," said Lucia McBath.
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