AFRICANGLOBE – The case of a Titusville Beach-area man who shot an unarmed Black teenager dead in a Jacksonville-area gas station in a dispute over loud music is proceeding slowly after two judges excused themselves from hearing the case.
According to police reports, Michael Dunn, 45, and his girlfriend were in Jacksonville for Dunn’s son’s wedding. On Nov. 23, 2012, the couple stopped at a convenience store where Jordan Davis, 17, and several other teenagers were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot.
Pulled a Gun
Dunn pulled up next to them, complained to his girlfriend about hating “that thug music,” and asked Jordan Davis and his friends to reduce the volume. Jordan Davis and Dunn allegedly exchanged words. Dunn then pulled a gun and fired multiple shots, striking Jordan Davis twice and killing him. No one else was hurt.
Dunn and his girlfriend, who was in the store and didn’t witness the shooting, immediately took off. Witnesses wrote down Dunn’s tag number. The couple stayed in Jacksonville overnight, then returned to Brevard County.
Dunn, a gun collector, was arrested Nov. 24, 2012 at his home in Satellite Beach on charges of murder and attempted murder. A grand jury subsequently upgraded the charges to first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.
Standing His Ground?
Dunn’s original attorney, Robin Lemonidis, said that Dunn acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Jordan Davis.
“He didn’t think he had harmed anybody and he just thought he had scared them off and he wanted to report it, but he didn’t want to…throw himself to the wolves in a strange city without representation,” Lemonidis told Jacksonville-area media in 2012.
Lemonidis later claimed that Dunn saw a shotgun in Davis’s vehicle.
Jacksonville cops found no weapons in the SUV. Davis was a passenger in the back seat when he was shot dead.
Jordan Davis’s parents have filed a wrongful death claim against Dunn. Jacksonville-area State Attorney Angela Corey – whose prosecution team lost the George Zimmerman trial – is personally prosecuting Dunn.
A trial date is set for Sept. 23 though Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, has asked for a delay. So far, all the judges who have presided over the case have refused to set bail for Dunn, release him pending the trial, or declare him indigent – which would force taxpayers to partially or fully pay the costs of his defense.