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Verdict Watch Blog: Crowds grow when verdicts read

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Updated: 2/15 9:18 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police and crowds of protesters maintained calm outside the Duval County Courthouse following the verdicts in the Michael Dunn trial.

One group walked to protest outside the office of State Attorney Angela Corey.

4 p.m. Saturday

Downtown Jacksonville. (Jamie Smith)
Downtown Jacksonville. (Jamie Smith)
Lorena Inclan:  It's 4 p.m. Saturday, Day 4 of jury deliberations and more than 40 people are gathered on the steps of the Duval County Courthouse.

Dozens more toward the grassy area closer to Adams Street. Police officers are standing by covering every corner in front of the court house.

Earlier I saw a police officer tell a woman she couldn't leave her bag unattended. Security is tight. Right now, everyone remains calm and patient, awaiting a verdict.

Saturday 12:59 p.m.

Duval County Courthouse (Romney Smith)
Duval County Courthouse (Romney Smith)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Crowds outside the courthouse are getting bigger, and the volume of protest is being turned up.

Police are there, too.

Representative Corrine Brown joined the family of Jordan Davis for a prayer during the lunch hour.

"Tomorrow is my boy's 19th birthday. I pray we will celebrate not only him but a just and righteous verdict. Patiently we wait," tweeted Jordan's mother Lucia McBath.

The demonstrations have remained peaceful.

The crowd is chanting, "murder is crime, Michael Dunn should do the time."

Action News Romney Smith spoke to one man who protested against the protesters, saying the actions may spark even more violence.

Another protester created a rap song in honor of Jordan Davis.

"We just came up with the concept and knowing about 'turn up we came up with turn your music up, I'm Jordan Davis," said Donald Daniels.  "So if my music is loud, I'm Jordan Davis, I'm Trayvon Martin.  It's just about turning your music up, it's all about support.  I'm someone's son, he's someone's son," added Daniels.

Action News Lorena Inclan interviewed a member of the New Black Panther Party who says if the jury reaches a verdict that he disagrees with, he will not have a peaceful reaction.

"America has shown that they have no concern for black life and that in America today a white man can kill a black youth to defend his unjust prejudice,"  said party leader Mikhail Muhammad.  "Four days of deliberations shows you we're not on the same page," said Muhammad.  "You have two people looking at the same problem and coming back with a different view," said Muhammad.

Kids also joined in on the protests marching, chanting "Justice for Jordan Davis."

Packed Courtroom on Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are an estimated 50 people inside the courtroom as Michael Dunn jury deliberations moved into the weekend.

1:55 p.m.

New Black Panther Party and Save our Sons clash outside courthouse.
New Black Panther Party and Save our Sons clash outside courthouse.
Samuel King: Black Panthers confront Save our Sons..captured argument on camera. Other protesters trying to bring focus back on Jordan Davis. JSO watching for now. Couple of tweets on this as well.

10:55 a.m.

The jury is in deliberations. (Brittany Jones)
The jury is in deliberations. (Brittany Jones)
Samuel King:  Protesters have been out all morning in front of the courthouse. They're relatively small in number but committed to their cause.

It is a bit quieter today because the New Black Panther Party isn't here with their mega-phones.

But the protesters here are quietly taking a stand.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is out here again as well, keeping a watchful eye.

The protesters say they will continue to be peaceful.

10:42 a.m.

The congresswoman from Jacksonville brought donuts for the Jordan Davis family. (Brittany Jones)
The congresswoman from Jacksonville brought donuts for the Jordan Davis family. (Brittany Jones)
Lorena Inclan: Just got an interview with Representative Corrine Brown who just arrived with donuts for the Davis family.

10:41 a.m.

JSO patrol cars line the courthouse. (Brittany Jones)
JSO patrol cars line the courthouse. (Brittany Jones)
Deanna Bettineschi:  I'm standing outside the Duval County Courthouse where things look similar to yesterday.

Protesters are back outside lining the entry way into the courthouse.

Some protesters out here are holding signs comparing the Michael Dunn trial to he George Zimmerman trial.

They tell me they just hope this one ends differently.

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Jmhdiver1 - 2/15/2014 8:19 PM
2 Votes
Once again Angela Corey has screwed up a high profile case. No way the jury was ever going to convict Dunn on premeditated murder. 2nd degree murder was realistic and would have led to conviction on all counts. I am tired of her repeated incompetence. Gov Scott should fire her.

Foodforthought - 2/15/2014 6:41 PM
0 Votes
This incident for the 2nd time in the state of FL has on leashed an awareness of sadness THAT THERE IS A SECRET BUT OPEN SEASON ON OUR BLACK MEN. THE APPALLING MISHAP OF JUSTICE HERE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IS OUTRAGEOUS AND AT ONE POINT IN THE CLOSING ARGUMENTS THE DEFENSE LAWYER STATED IF A PERSON LOOKS AT YOU IN WHAT YOU CAN CALL A THREATENING MANNER YOU CAN SHOOT TO KILL THIS IS SUCH A CROCK. WHY AGAIN DIDN'T HE CALL 911 SO MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GO OUT TOTING GUNS QND SHOOT TO KILL WHEN SOMEONE HAS US FEELING THE SLIGHTEST THREAT JUST KILL AND WE ALL WOULD BE IN TROUBLE. HOW WOULD THEY FEEL IF THIS WAS A BLACK MAN VS WHITE CHILD.

CaptA60 - 2/15/2014 2:33 PM
1 Vote
Dunn is hoping he can play off Zimmerman as well, Who just drives away order pizza and walk the dog after killing someone: Good thing someone got his tag number because I am sure had they not he would have never contacted police about he thought he could just walk away from it: I am sorry Young Davis was killed, everyone had a choice that faithful night but Dunn said it in court he was not going to be disrespected so his choice was to shot first and then only after he found out one of the teens was killed did he come up with the story I was in fear of my life: To many people getting off with Murder using this clause. But a lady was in fear of her life and she was sentence 20 years: Give me a break Ms. Corey I am starting to wonder about the Justice System in Florida

1country - 2/15/2014 2:23 PM
2 Votes
colliebug 85, you define the meaning of dumb!

Young Herschel - 2/15/2014 2:02 PM
0 Votes
Michael Dunn is a liar and just like George Zimmerman he will sell any lie he can to beat these charges. There was no gun in that truck. How do I know that? Because after he tried to kill everyone and all their cousins that nite not one passenger in that truck took up the gun and returned fire. He shot up that truck six, seven, ten, eleven times and no one shot back?!?!?!?! He is a worse liar that George(my head was slammed into the pavement over a dozen times but I don't need to go to the hospital) Zimmerman.

Young Herschel - 2/15/2014 1:57 PM
0 Votes
This delay is unreasonable and unwarranted; he is guilty!!! Was the homicide justified??? NOOOOOO!!! Transfer Micheal Dunn from the Duval County jail to the State Prison where his child-killing ass belongs

atwitsend - 2/15/2014 1:02 PM
4 Votes
The crowds outside the courthouse are escalating racism. They are a menace to society.

mountaintroll - 2/15/2014 10:46 AM
0 Votes
Guilt and innocence are not subject to popular vote. The jury's votes are the only ones that matter. And the protestors should take care - attempting to influence or intimidate a jury is a very serious crime in itself.

coliebug 85 - 2/15/2014 9:07 AM
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WHY SHOULD MR.DUMBASS BE ABLE TO GET OFF SCOTT FREE.JORDAN DAVIS DOESN'T GET TO BE FREE.I BELIEVE MR.DUMBASS NOT ONLY TOOK A YOUNG MAN'S LIFE HE TOOK THE LIFE OF ANOTHER PERSON'S SON.HE SHOULD HAVE TO SIT IN LITTLE SMALL CELL AND THINK OF WHAT HE HAS DONE.THE DAVIS FAMILY HAS BEEN REALLY STRONG AND BRAVE THRU THIS CASE.THEY DESERVE TO GET JUSTICE FOR JORDAN DAVIS AND FOR THEM.DID MR.DUNN HAVE A LICENSE TO CARRY A GUN?I JUST THINK THAT MR.DUNN TOOK A LIFE SO WHY SHOULD HE GET TO WALK THE EARTH BECAUSE JORDAN DAVIS DOESN'T.IT'S JUST PLAIN OUT SAD HE WOULD ARGUE OVER LOUD MUSIC.MR.DUNN SHOULD HAVE SAID WHAT HE HAD TO SAY AND GET IN HIS VEHICLE AND LEAVE.IT'S JUST A SAD SAD STORY.REST IN PEACE JORDAN DAVIS AND HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY;)

lugooty - 2/14/2014 11:31 PM
2 Votes
Question? If an officer would have been threatened by one person in a car or four people, and then the person attempted to carry out that threat, and the officer defended himself by shooting at the offender and the vehicle, hitting somebody... Wouldn't the offender if alive be charged with the assault and every attempted "murder, Assault" that happened because they happened while he was commiting a crime? That's exactly what I think should have happened to Mr. Davis when he threatened and then attempted to carry out that threat, (until he saw the gun). Even the occupants in the car should have been charged as accessories to a felony. Just thinking!
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