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Michael Dunn denied taxpayer dollars for defense

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Updated: 5/03/2013 6:25 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The indigence motion for Michael Dunn, the man accused of killing Wolfson High School teen Jordan Davis, was denied by a Duval County judge.

In court Friday morning a judge ruled that Dunn could not use taxpayer dollars for his defense.

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"He basically has no money he's been in custody for over five months he has no job," said Dunn's Attorney, Cory Strolla.

Strolla claims Dunn has no assets. But Judge Suzanne Bass did not rule in his favor, denying the motion Friday in court.

Jordan Davis' father, Ron Davis was in court for the ruling.  He tells Action News the judge made the right call.

"I'm so glad that Judge Bass saw through the smoke screen," he said.

Strolla says Dunn's parents are paying the court costs now -- and may not be able to afford the final bill. So far, Dunn's parents have made five payments of $7,500 a month. The family agreed to pay Dunn's attorney a minimum payment of $75,000.

Strolla says it is not unheard of for taxpayers to foot that bill.  "According to the Florida rules and statutes, they do it for hundreds and hundreds of people in the state of Florida. That's why indigency is set up," Strolla said.

Strolla says he's the one who will be losing about $50,000 in this case. But Davis says that can't be as bad as losing a son. And as hard as its been, sitting yards away from his sons' accused murderer, he holds out hope that one day he will at least get an apology.

"I want him to look at me one time and say, 'You know, I really am sorry I killed your son,'" he said.

Michael Dunn is charged with murder in the death of Jordan Davis. His trial is expected to start on September 23.
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Get a grip - 2/15/2014 8:04 PM
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I agree, have all involved parties take a lie detector test. The results could have made a difference.

ghoststrike - 7/15/2013 8:00 PM
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What a lowlife. hes getting what he deserves.

Realchange - 5/14/2013 2:30 AM
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The thing I want to know from the news is it true that one of Davis friends, indeed the driver was a felon. If so for what kind behavior. It has bearing in the case. I still don't buy the SUV leaving the scene then comming back. ON the same hand it is possible that there was no gun produced and pointed at Dunn that he is simply lying. It would be simple to find out the truth. Get the teens together get Dunn and make them all take lie dectector tests. Review the full footage from the Gas station survellience footage. If those teens produced a gun during the arugment then he can claim self defense. Lie detector tests need to be administered to both sides not just the defendant and see what happens. Of course who cares about the truth so much better to insert propganda and convict someone without a fair trial.

J Vazquez - 5/3/2013 3:01 PM
2 Votes
Don't worry, that will be redirected instead to the courthouse or some payroll adjustment.

tlynn - 5/3/2013 2:24 PM
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Hooray!!!! That's one for the taxpayers!!!
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