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Jordan Davis family testifies in Tallahassee on 'stand your ground'

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Updated: 1/04 12:25 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The family of a local teen shot and killed in a gas station parking lot are taking their fight for justice to the top. The parents of Jordan Davis spoke in Tallahassee Thursday during a hearing on "stand your ground."

Their day began at the Duval County Courthouse where a judge finally set the trial date for the man accused of killing their son.

"I do not wish this on any parent," said Jordan's mom Lucia McBath.

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Not a day goes by McBath and Ron Davis don't think about their son. Jordan Davis was shot and killed during a fight over loud music at a Southside gas station.

"It's been the most difficult year of my life -- being inducted into this kind of club that no parent ever wants to be inducted into," McBath said.

Thursday, they said they took one step closer to justice. A judge set the trial date for Michael Dunn -- for Feb. 3.

In the meantime, the parents are on a mission. They think the "stand your ground" law needs serious review.

"It needs to be re-written," said Ron Davis.

A Florida house House subcommittee is looking into it. Jordan's parents and their attorney John Phillips testified Thursday during a packed-house hearing in Tallahassee.

"Florida is becoming the poster child of gun violence in this country country, and the laws and the way that they're written leave too much open to chance," said McBath.

They know nothing will change Thursday. But they said being there and sharing their story can't hurt.

"Maybe we can touch one or two hearts in there so next time it comes up for a vote maybe it will change their mind," Ron Davis said.

There is also another side to this story -- many aren't in favor of a new "stand your ground" law. Supporters of the current law said the law in place is good and should not be changed.

Michael Dunn's attorney has not released yet whether they will claim "stand your ground" as their defense in this case.

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geraldine - 12/11/2013 2:41 PM
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Horace - 11/29/2013 6:39 PM
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http://www.actionnewsjax.com/content/topstories/story/Michael-Dunn-Letters-from-jail/OQVxUk-BIUihecd6l1PRDQ.cspx I have posted a link about the Gentleman that discharged his weapon into the teenagers vehicle read the whole article. This Guy has anger management problems,and every African American is not I repeat NOT a thug. A man is A MAN and if you disrespect him you will get disrespect back that is the only thing that happened unfortunately someone lost their life over words. I do hope justice is severed.

nativejax - 11/7/2013 11:09 PM
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It's that same 'mentality' that "thugs have more 'rights' than law abiding citizens" that pizzes me off. It is MORE IMPORTANT to infringe on other people rights, than to take reponsibilty of the safety and welfare of their own kids. Did they know WHERE their kids were or WHO they are with on those nights that they died??? NO, and NO. Martins dumped their kid out in a subdivision that was being robbed every night and Davis allowed their son to ride along with a loud mouth, trouble maker, thug, with a criminal record. Wow what a mom. If either one of these 'moms' (and personally, I don't think either of them EARNED that title), had KNOWN EXACTLY where their boys were, or what they were up to, they would still be alive. This stand your ground law works, its the parents 'hate' that is at work here, to arm the thugs and disarm the citizens. Had both these boys been shot by Blacks, they would just go on like nothing ever happened. THAT is the 'thug mentality''culture of violence' they are use to and want the rest of us to submit and get use to along with them. Well, it's never going to happen in my lifetime, not in my Country. You thuggers might think you are dividing this Nation, for some kind of take over or another civil war, but you are ALL in for a rude awaking. NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.

Realchange - 11/7/2013 9:32 PM
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I do believe removing the stand the ground law will embolden thugs and punks to rob people. The mentality that pervades in this situation is if someone attacks you that you must run away. Is that way Florida wants? You must run away if a criminal attacks you? You may not defend your life or your property? That is what this boils down to. Florida's main cities will turn into Chicago if certain minorities have their way. You know the city where guns are banned even after Supreme Court order not to. What is the killing there by mostly black thug gangs? 500 people a year ? Oh some years its only 400 that's huge win for them when that kind year happens.

Papakilo - 11/7/2013 6:34 PM
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Stand Your Ground Law, does not apply when you on the receiving end of a 'life threatening' statement. In this day and age of trigger happy kids, no threat can be taken lightly. A life threat IS A LIFE THREAT! It MUST be taken seriously, especially when it is issues by someone in a vehicle where hands and weapons are out of sight. The threatened person MUST take action to protect himself from the threat being carried out. Had Jordan Davis (1) obeyed the law concerning loud car radios or creating a disturbance, (2) been respectful and lowered the radio volume, (3) kept his mouth shut, (4) not voiced a life threat, there would have been no reason for the man to protect himself. By the actions of Jordan's parents and apparent lack to teaching Jordan, respect for others, I consider them just as guilty in causing the death of their son. But, no matter how often they tell themselves they are innocent and proclaim Jordan's innocence...they will always remember their personal guilt and responsibility. They will never have a moment of mental peace. Their God knows and will know the truth. If they cause the imprisonment or death of the man, it also will remain on their head. Children do stupid things but, if they are not taught respect and responsibility for their actions, that IS the PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY.
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