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Michael Dunn, accused of killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis, denied taxpayer help in mounting murder defense

7:56 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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Michael Dunn is arrested in Brevard County for a Jacksonville warrant on murder and attempted murder charges.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Dunn is being denied taxpayer help in waging a murder defense in connection in the death of 17 year-old Jordan Davis.

The teen's murder got national attention last November when suspect Dunn said loud music sparked a verbal confrontation outside a Southside convenience store. Investigators say eight shots were fired.

Circuit Judge Suzanne Bass denied Dunn's plea that he was indigent and qualified for taxpayer assistance. His attorney, Cory Strolla, told the court Dunn is worth only $7,500 dollars, the value of his car.

Dunn's parents are willing to put up $75,000 for their for their son's attorney bills. Strolla said his fees are being paid to date.

The South Florida attorney told the court this case is "the Travon Martin of the North."

Strolla wanted the court to declare Dunn indigent so he could get tax dollars for depositions and expert witnesses.

"I am not asking the court for my fee to be paid," said Strolla.

In court, Jordan's father, Ron Davis, watched the twenty minute hearing. Once he interjected loudly, asking Strolla to stop interrupting the judge.

After the hearing, Davis was glad the judge ruled in favor of taxpayers and denied Dunn tax dollars for his murder defense.

Davis, who has missed only one court hearing, said he comes back hoping someday Dunn shows some remorse.

"I guess every time I come to court, I come wanting to see him and want him to maybe look at me one time at some point and say 'I am sorry I killed your son,'" said Davis.

The trial is scheduled to begin in September. 

Coming on First Coast News at 5 and 6, Roger Weeder will have more on today's hearing.

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