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Judge in Jordan Davis case recuses herself

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Updated: 5/23/2013 6:32 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There will be a new judge in the trial of Michael Dunn, the man accused of killing Jordan Davis at a Southside gas station.


Judge Suzanne Bass recused herself from the case.  The attorney for Michael Dunn filed a motion two weeks ago to recuse or disqualify Judge Bass.

The motion concerned a conversation over Dunn's ability to pay for his defense that took place outside the courtroom.

Dunn's attorneys argued the conversation should have been held inside the courtroom.

Judge Bass took herself off the case.

Judge Mallory Cooper, the judge who presided over the Cristian Fernandez case, will handle the Jordan Davis murder case.

Dunn faces one count of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile for the shooting on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Dunn told police he got into an argument with a car full of teenagers at a Gate gas station at Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road.  He said the teens flashed a shotgun.  Soon after, he opened fire.

Jordan Davis, 17, died from his injuries.  He was a student at Wolfson High School.  His life and death has been chronicled in Jet and Rolling Stone magazine.

Dunn will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on June 4.  His trial is set to begin on September 23.
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