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Michael Dunn guilty on 3 counts of attempted 2nd-degree murder

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Updated: 2/15 10:15 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A jury found Michael Dunn guilty on three counts of attempted second-degree murder in connection with a shooting that led to the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

"We will continue to wait for justice for Jordan," said a teary-eyed Lucia McBath, Jordan's mother, about 30 minutes after the jury announced its verdict.

"He's going to learn that he has to be remorseful for the killing of my son," said Ronald Davis.

Jordan was shot and killed in an argument over loud music at a Gate gas station on the Southside in November 2012.

The attempted second-degree murder convictions are for shooting at Jordan's friends in the red Dodge Durango.

The verdict came down Saturday at 6:59 p.m., after a full day of deliberations.

The jury also convicted Dunn on one count of shooting/throwing a deadly missile.

But the jury deadlocked on the first count of first-degree murder in the death of the 17-year-old Wolfson High School student and Judge Russell Healey declared a mistrial on that particular count.

Juror No. 7 served as the foreperson.

The day of deliberations started to ramp up late in the day.  At 6:10 p.m., the jury sent another question to the judge.

The panel said it "reviewed weakness of our position and have more to talk about.  If we are unable to agree and reach a verdict, is the entire case mistried or just that count?"  Judge Russell Healey said if you are unable to agree on a verdict as to that count only, that count is mistried, the other verdicts stand.  The judge explained that to the jury minutes ago.

The development came about an hour after the jury said it reached verdicts on 4 of the 5 counts, but could not agree on the first count, which is first-degree murder or any of the lesser charges.

Judge Russell Healey used what's known as an Allen Charge [Link: The Allen charge], sending the jury back to discuss the case to try to reach a consensus.

The judge said if the jury fails to reach an agreement he will declare a mistrial and dismiss the jury.

Soon after, the family of Jordan Davis left the courtroom with Sheriff John Rutherford.

The jury is made up of four white women, four white men, one Asian woman, two black women and one Hispanic male.

Earlier Saturday, the Michael Dunn jury sent three key questions to the judge about the use of force and self-defense as it began a Saturday session of deliberations to decide the fate of the man charged with killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

The jury questioned whether the defense of self-defense is separate for each person in each count.  The judge said yes in his discussion with the attorneys in the case.

The jury also asked if it's determining whether deadly force is justified against each person in each count. The judge said yes.  The jury also asked if it determines if deadly force is justified against one person, is it justified against the others.  The judge said no, not necessarily.


Shortly after 10 a.m., Judge Russell Healey called the jury into the courtroom to explain his decision after discussing it with the attorneys and Dunn.  The defendant wanted clarification from the judge.

Healey told reporters when court began on Saturday morning the jury panel wanted more space and asked for the evidence boxes to be removed from the deliberation room.

Action News reporter Leslie Coursey said the courtroom was packed on a Saturday morning, with an estimated 50 people watching. The number includes media, families and trial spectators.

The crowds outside the courthouse grew as the day moved along, with children joining the protest lines, and chanting "murder is a crime, Michael Dunn should do the time."

Police are there as well.  The demonstrations have remained peaceful.

Representative Corrine Brown also showed up at the courthouse.

"I just want justice for Jordan and for the family," said the congresswoman from Jacksonville.  "Guilty on any count, guilty."

The jury has been deliberating since Wednesday evening.

Dunn faces one count of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

"There's some early concern with a mistrial brewing in connection with the primary charge here," said legal analyst Dale Carson.  "If they don't reach an agreement, that means it's a hung jury and typically that will lead to a mistrial and a potential re-trial here by the state of Florida here in Jacksonville."

Judge Healey scheduled a hearing on March 24 to discuss the next steps in the case.

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niaerda - 2/16/2014 11:21 PM
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The stand your ground law is good. They just need to lower the concealed permit age restriction to 15. At least these kids will have a fighting chance.

leishirsute - 2/16/2014 4:49 PM
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12/13/2012 The Florida Supreme Court has struck down a law that made it illegal for music coming from a car to be “plainly audible” from 25 feet or more. "The justices called the law unconstitutional and an “unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression.” They wrote that it violated free speech rights for several reasons, including that the law exempted vehicles used for business or political purposes."

leishirsute - 2/16/2014 4:45 PM
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Q: How many non-white witnesses/victims and law enforcement officers does it take to have their testimony believed over one white man's unsubstantiated claim? A: We don't know yet.

Papakilo - 2/16/2014 3:41 PM
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I feel bad about Jordan Davis but, he paid a price for his lack of respect, excessively loud music, and uttering a threat. A threat is a promise to do something. It is obvious to me that Jordan was not taught respect for others and to speak respectfully to adults. It takes little to be nice and respectful. So, it is my conclusion Jordan's parents are at fault. They obviously did not teach Jordan respect for others or that he, could and might be responsible for what threats he mouths. I feel it was Jordan (not his color or race) which placed his friends lives in harm's way. Telling anyone 'you're gon'na die', is not a responsible or respectful thing to say. That is a threat on another's life. I agree the media is very biased. News is not supposed to be biased or corrupt, or knowingly relay partial or slanted information. Perhaps, the media needs to be respectful to the public, as well as responsible?

mountaintroll - 2/16/2014 12:29 PM
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This sounds about right. Shooting Jordan Davis may or may not have been self-defense (the jury couldn't sort it out, and I'm not going to try), but emptying the magazine into a car full of people was excessive force. Now let's see some cops go to jail for that sort of thing!

unity4all - 2/16/2014 8:16 AM
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Pizza and wine $25.00, movie in the hotel room $5.00, the look on Dunn's face when that guilty verdict was announced, PRICELESS!

Get a grip - 2/16/2014 4:27 AM
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Angela Corey will say anything, do anything, suppress anything and not do anything,if need be, to win a case. JSO dropped the ball on this case as well. Also disappointed on the jax press corp and media in this case. They clearly had a bias in this case, don't usually see it this blatanted here. No winners here.

Realchange - 2/15/2014 11:59 PM
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Got wonder what would been shown if there had been outside camera's at the mini mart like most other stores. I find it extremely strange there was no outside security camera's running.

Realchange - 2/15/2014 11:56 PM
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Figured Dunn would get convicted based on his fleeing the scene and not immediately contacting police. The only problem I have with this sends message that loud music by black people that disturbs the peace is allowed. As far as the charges or not one only has to look at the 600 kids mostly black rioting at the movie theater the other night. If you watched the Rodney King riots you also saw 5 to 6 people attacking any white person in sight. Yet they weren't racist about it.

Get a grip - 2/15/2014 8:08 PM
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Did those involve ever offer to take a lie detector test? Just wondering.......
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