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Closing arguments start in trial for teen killed after loud music dispute
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 47-year-old Florida man reacted viciously to an argument over loud music with teenagers in a store parking lot and fired multiple shots into their vehicle, killing one of them, and then drove away as if nothing happened, a prosecutor said Wednesday in a closing argument at the man’s trial.
Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson told jurors that the evidence clearly shows 17-year-old Jordan Davis was unarmed when Michael Dunn fired 10 shots at a Dodge Durango where Davis was sitting. Wolfson said no witnesses saw any of the four teenagers in the vehicle with a weapon and police searches turned up none.
“This defendant was disrespected by a 17-year-old teenager, and he lost it. He wasn’t happy with Jordan Davis‘ attitude. What was his response? ‘You’re not going to talk to me like that,’” Wolfson said. “He took these actions because it was premeditated. It was not self-defense.”
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations later Wednesday in Dunn’s trial on a first-degree murder charge, after the defense and prosecution complete closing arguments. Dunn faces life in prison if convicted. He also faces attempted murder charges related to the other vehicle occupants.
In his testimony, Dunn told jurors he was in Jacksonville with his fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, to attend his son’s wedding. He had brought along his 7-month-old dog, and at one point in testimony, he wiped away tears when talking about his fiancee and dog.
“My rear view mirror was shaking. My eardrums were vibrating. It was ridiculously loud,” Dunn said.
Dunn said he asked the teens turn down the music and they turned it off. “I said, ‘Thank you,’” Dunn said. But soon afterward, Dunn said he heard someone in the SUV shouting expletives and the word “cracker” at him. Dunn is white, and the teens in the SUV were black. Cracker is a derogatory term for white people.
The music was turned back on, and Dunn testified, “I wasn’t going to ask for favors anymore.”
Dunn said the men in the SUV had “menacing expressions,” and he asked the teens whether they were talking about him. He said he wanted to calm down the situation but saw a teen in the backseat reach down for something. Dunn said it looked as if the barrel of a shotgun was sticking out the window.
One of the teens stepped out of the SUV, Dunn said, and he felt “this was a clear and present danger.” He reached for his pistol in a glove box.
Dunn, who had a concealed weapons permit, fired nine shots into the car, according to an affidavit. Authorities say a 10th shot fired by Dunn missed the car. Once his fiancee returned to the car, he drove off out of fear of the SUV returning, he said.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Dunn said he told her.
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