Last year, months after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17 year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed by Michael Dunn in Florida. Davis was at a gas station when Dunn began to complain that the music he was playing in his car was too loud.
Dunn told police that he asked Davis to turn down their music, but heard threats from the teens and allegedly saw a gun in their car. According to police officials, “there were three words exchanged” before Dunn pulled out his weapon and began to fire at Davis’ car. Police found about nine bullet holes in his car. Davis, who was in the backseat, was shot several times. Police never found a weapon in the car Davis was in.
“Our suspect produced a weapon and started firing into the vehicle. Our victim was shot a couple of times,” Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover told the Florida Times-Union. “ … They were listening to the music. It was loud; they [other teens] admitted that. But I mean that is not a reason for someone to open fire on them.”
After his arrest, police officials said that Dunn said he “felt threatened and that is the reason he took action.”
Dunn was charged with first-degree murder in Davis’ death and also faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting at the three others in the vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty.
Dunn’s attorney, Robin Lemonidis, told CNN that her client was reacting to what he said was a gun being drawn.
“When all the evidence has been flushed out, I believe that it will be extremely clear that Mr. Dunn acted as any responsible firearm owner would have under the same circumstances,” Lemonidis said.
John Phillips is the Jacksonville attorney representing Davis’ family.
“Since day one, I have said this is a case about hate more than race. It is about respect for the person next to you. Some do not value life because of different races, lifestyle choices, religions and a host of other ignorant reasons,” Phillips said.
“However, Jordan was someone’s beloved son, best friend, student and beloved boyfriend. It is a case about whether someone has a legal right to be blinded by irrational fear and hate — and take a life,” he said.
State Attorney Angela Corey, who was the prosecutor in the Zimmerman trial, is also the prosecutor for this case.
Jury selection begins this morning at 9 a.m.