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Fair trial issues surface in Michael Dunn case

4:51 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Dunn is accused of murdering local teenager Jordan Davis, with loud music triggering the fatal shots, according to investigators.

Now, as Dunn's trial is weeks away, focus is turning to what's needed to ensure Dunn gets a fair trial.

"Once in a while, you get a case that gets this kind of publicity. All of sudden becomes an issue," said Circuit Judge Russell Healy on discussions regarding disclosure of court records on the murder case.

Healy has restricted access, with local media including First Coast News appealing to a higher court for documents to be released.

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Florida's 1st District Court of Appeals last month overturned Healy's decision to delay the release of public records. 

On Monday, Healy scheduled a hearing to resolve access issues a week before the trial is scheduled to get underway.

In court, attorneys on both sides argued their points with the judge requesting more details from attorneys before the January 24 hearing.

"I agree with what you say your responsibilities and duties are as a judge," said attorney George Gabel, who is representing First Coast News and the Florida Times-Union.

"You also have a responsibility to enforce public records law," said Gabel.

State Attorney Angela Corey asked the judge to restrict access to court records before the trial.

"The public doesn't have right now, but has every right to know once the case comes to trial," said Corey.

Dunn is accused of murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The case has gotten national attention as Dunn claimed loud music lead to a confrontation that ended in fatal gunfire.


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