In a rare weekend court session, the girlfriend of a man on trial for killing a 17-year-old black teen over loud music took the stand.
Rhonda Rouer testified Saturday in the Florida murder trial of Michael Dunn. Dunn fatally shot Jordan Davis in front of a convenience store in November of 2012.
“I hate that thug music,” Rouer testified Dunn told her. Rouer replied “Yes, I know,” and then exited the vehicle. Rouer went inside the gas station to get a bottle of wine and a bag of potato chips. Moments later, Rouer told jurors, “I heard pop, pop, pop.”
Rouer then said she heard a second set of “pop, pop, pop,” and turned around and saw Dunn outside. After Rouer exited the store, she told jurors Dunn told her to get in the vehicle. When Rouer got back in the car, she testified seeing Dunn put a gun back in the glovebox.
Rouer said they went back to the hotel, where Dunn ordered a pizza. She testified Dunn ordered the pizza because he thought it would make her feel better. She also said Dunn fixed a rum and cola for both of them in the hotel room.
Rouer says the next morning, she woke up and saw reports on TV about the shooting. She also testified that she told Dunn to take her home right away. They returned to his home where he was later apprehended.
Dunn, admitted to gunning down Davis in a dispute over loud music, but pleaded not guilty. He is seeking immunity under self-defense, where Florida’s controversial stand your ground law is active.
Davis was found to have no weapon in his vehicle or on his person at the time of the shooting. Dunn faces up to life in prison if convicted.
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