The retrial of a Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed teenager to death after asking him and his friends to turn down their music in a gas station parking lot, began Monday with jury selection.
Michael Dunn, 47, was found guilty on three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into a vehicle in February. But the jury deadlocked on the main count, first-degree murder. Dunn is being retried on that charge in connection to the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
On Nov. 23, 2012, Dunn, a software engineer, fired 10 shots into an SUV, killing Jordan Davis, 17. The shooting in a convenience store parking lot in Jacksonville erupted after Dunn asked the four teenagers in the vehicle to turn down their music.
Davis has argued that he fired the shots in self-defense. He has testified that he was threatened and saw 4 inches of what he thought was a shotgun in the car, though no weapon was found. It was after this perceived threat that Dunn reached into the glove compartment of his car, pulled out a legal 9-millimeter handgun and fired 10 shots at the car that was driving off. Three bullets hit and killed Davis. Six others hit the car, and one shot missed.
Dunn has not been sentenced for the counts for which he was convicted in February. He’s looking at as much as 75 years behind bars.
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