Michael Dunn, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jordan Davis, 17, at a Jacksonville, Fla. convenience store in November 2012. Dunn has pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder for firing at three of Davis’ friends.
Yesterday Dunn testified on the witness stand about the confrontation at the convenience store. He alleges he saw a shot gun and feared for his life.
“Jordan Davis kept escalating this until the point I had no choice,” Dunn testifying. “It was life and death.”
During his attorney’s questioning Dunn said he has ear damage and the music “caused him pain.” He also alleges that he heard one of the teens say “I should kill” Dunn. “There was no mistake in what he said,” Dunn said from the stand. He went on to describe seeing “two young men with menacing expressions” in the car.
Dunn said he asked, “Are you talking about me?”
Dunn testified that he tried to de-escalate the situation, but he said the teenager was “showing me a gun and he’s threatening me. I was in fear of my life.”
“This is the point where my death is imminent,” said Dunn. He testified that he responded, “You’re not going to kill me.”
Dunn said he saw about four inches of what he thought was the barrel of a shotgun.
Dunn, who had a concealed weapons permit, pulled a 9-millimeter handgun from his glove compartment and, according to testimony from law enforcement officers, fired nine times, striking Davis in the back and groin. No gun was found in the SUV.
“I have every right of self-defense, and I took it,” Dunn during a lengthy cross-examination by prosecutor John Guy.