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Family of Jordan Davis disappointed by trial delay

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Updated: 8/15/2013 8:26 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man accused of killing teen Jordan Davis over loud music won't stand trial next month after a judge pushed the trial date back on Thursday.

"It's just more time that's eating away at us as a family," said Ron Davis, Jordan's father.

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Time has not been kind to Jordan Davis' dad. Whenever the man accused of killing his son goes before a judge, Davis is at the courthouse hoping to get one step closer to justice.

Michael Dunn admitted to shooting Jordan Davis in his car in a Southside gas station parking lot -- he says he feared for his life. The altercation allegedly started over music that was too loud.

Thursday, Jordan's dad said he was dealt a new blow. He said justice for his son would have to wait.

The judge said Dunn's attorney isn't finished interviewing witnesses. He isn't ready for the trial that was supposed to start next month, so the judge pushed it back -- likely to late January or early February.

"You want to see justice served and until that's done, it just, physically and emotionally, it's very, very draining," said Jordan's mother, Lucia McBath.

McBath flies in from Atlanta to be in Jacksonville for every step of the case. She's anxious for the expected two-week long trial to start, the final step in a long healing process.

"It just continues on and on and on," she said.

Even their attorney, John Phillips, struggles each time they're called to the courtroom and each time they're given a new date to be back.

"As a lawyer, choking back tears standing next to your client isn't typical. And it's the nature. This isn't a case. This is the legacy of Jordan Davis," said Phillips.

In the end, Ron Davis said he is confident no matter how long it takes, his son's death won't be in vein.

"This guy should never, ever see the light of day on the streets again as a free person," he said.

There was one thing the family came to court Thursday to look for.

"If he was to do it 10 times, he would have killed my son 10 times," said Ron Davis of the feeling he got in court.

Only a small wooden railing separated the grieving family from Dunn. The parents said sometimes it's a challenge to sit quietly in this courtroom and listen.

They said they struggle to look Dunn in the eye.

"When I look at him I say, 'You're a father. You have your own children. How would you feel? What would you think if someone did this to you?'" said McBath.

Ron Davis and McBath had hopes Thursday's pretrial hearing for Dunn would finally be different. They said they came looking for something very important. They walked away empty-handed.

"There is no remorse there. Absolutely none," said McBath.

Ron Davis said he knows nothing will bring Jordan back, but he's remained hopeful Dunn would look his way and give a nod, or mouth an "I'm sorry." He said Thursday, that hope was lost.

"Maybe it's better for me to realize that I'm not going to get what I was looking for, which is remorse from the guy who killed my son and Lucia's son and so I will never look for it again from him," he said.

McBath shared the sentiment.

"I find it really heinous and I feel really sorry for him," she said.

Action News spoke with Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla. He said it was absolutely necessary to push the trial back because of the number of witnesses plus new discovery being entered. As far as his client showing no remorse, Strolla said those claims aren't fair because by law Dunn is not allowed to speak or address the family yet. Strolla said he did pass along remorse to the Davis family earlier this year.

Dunn will be back in court for another pre-trial hearing Sept. 19.
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