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Court upholds murder

conviction in Jacksonville
loud-music shooting
Jim Saunders - News Service of Florida
4:15 p.m Thursday, Nov. 17, 20161 Filed in Florida and Legis lature news

self-defense arguments in a
case that drew national
attention, an appeals court
Thursday upheld the first-degree
murder conviction of a man who
fatally shot a teen in the parking
lot of a Jacksonville convenience

A three-judge panel of the 1st

District Court of Appeal said prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to rebut
Michael Dunn's claims of self-defense in the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old
Jordan Davis.

The racially tinged case drew national media coverage and came amid
increased scrutiny of the deaths of young black men. Dunn is white, while
Davis was black.

The shooting incident came after Davis and three friends stopped at a Gate

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convenience store and Dunn pulled in to an adjacent parking space. The teens
were listening to loud music, and Dunn asked them to turn it down. Ultimately,
Dunn and Davis exchanged words, and Dunn fired repeatedly into the Dodge
Durango that carried the teens.

After two trials, Dunn was convicted of the murder charge and sentenced to
life in prison. He also was convicted of three counts of attempted second-
degree murder - convictions that also were upheld Thursday.


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During arguments in June before the appeals court, Dunn's attorney, Terry
Roberts, focused on whether Dunn acted justifiably in self-defense. Dunn
sought acquittal based on self-defense.

But the three-judge panel, in a six-page decision Thursday, outlined the

circumstances involved in the Nov. 23, 2012, shooting and concluded that
prosecutors had adequately rebutted the self-defense claim.

"Here, the disputed facts created a jury question as to Dunn's claim of

self-defense," said the ruling by judges Joseph Lewis, Ross Bilbrey and
Thomas Winokur. "The nature of the verbal exchange between Dunn and
Davis, whether Davis had a weapon, and whether Davis exited the Durango
towards Dunn were all controverted. A gas station patron testified that he
heard Dunn say, 'You're not going to talk to me that way, ' but did not hear
anyone in the Durango say anything back. The passengers of the Durango
testified that Davis did not leave the Durango and testified that there were no

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weapons in the vehicle. Additionally, a witness testified that there was no

weapon in the Durango, but that they could see Dunn's gun."

Dunn, a Brevard County resident, had stopped at the convenience store after
attending a wedding reception with his then-fiancee. After the shooting, Dunn
went to his hotel room and returned home the following day to Brevard County,
where he was arrested.

Davis' death was one of a series of cases that focused national attention on
the shooting deaths of young black men. It came about nine months after
black teen Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford .


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