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Michael Dunn Murder Trial
The trial has started and I haven't seen anything posted on here about this yet. Anybody following this? Here's a live link with updates:
INITIAL STORY THIS MORNING
The second day of testimony in the Michael Dunn trial Friday likely will include more witnesses who saw Dunn shoot 17-year-old Jordan Davis or observed the aftermath of what happened at the Jacksonville gas station where the shooting occurred.
In about three hours of testimony Thursday, the girlfriend of Davis, several people who worked at the Gate station and people who were nearby testified about what they saw.
Dunn is charged with the first-degree murder of Davis and the attempted murder of three other teenagers who were in the sport-utility vehicle together. According to police reports, Dunn pulled up to a Gate gas station on Southside Boulevard at Baymeadows Road and told the teenagers to turn their music down.
A friend in the front seat of the Dodge Durango turned the music down, but Davis, who was in the back seat, had the music turned back up and cursed at Dunn.
Dunn told police Davis threatened him with a gun and he fired back. Prosecutors and the three others in the SUV have said there was no gun and Dunn fired after becoming angry when Davis cursed at him.
No gun was found. Defense attorney Cory Strolla has suggested that the teens hid it before police arrived.
After Dunn fired 10 times at the Durango, hitting Davis three times, the teens fled into a connected strip mall parking lot. Strolla argued that was when they disposed of the gun and has pointed out the strip mall’s parking lot never was closed by police after the shooting.
Those three teenagers, Leland Brunson, Tevin Thompson and Tommie Stornes, will all be testifying in the trial. Thursday night, attorney John Phillips, who represents Brunson and Thompson, said his clients were likely to testify Friday.
The prosecution is now presenting its case. So the witnesses are backing up the state’s contention that Davis didn’t have a gun, and Dunn flew into a rage after Davis cursed him out.
Still to come from the prosecution are the police officers who investigated the case, a person who was in the adjacent parking lot when the teens fled into it and ballistics experts who will testify about how Davis was shot. Dunn’s girlfriend also could be called.
The defense will put on its case after the state rests.
The case is expected to go to the jury sometime next week and could continue Saturday.
The Times-Union will be providing updates throughout the day.
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