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Verdict Watch: Michael Dunn jury hits wall; deliberations to resume Saturday morning

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Updated: 2/14 7:09 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After a full day of deliberations, and a critical question over verdict options, the jury in the Michael Dunn trial went home for the night.

The panel will be back Saturday morning to decide the fate of the man charged with killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

The jury, shortly before 5 p.m., asked a question that could be a key factor in determining where the jury is in its deliberations after two-and-a-half days.

The jury wanted to know if it's possible not to reach a verdict on one count and reach a verdict on other counts.  The judge said the jury has the power to do that.

The jury also requested to take a thirty minute break.  The judge allowed that as well.

The second question, however, is a major development to court watchers.

"This is a really difficult circumstance for the State Attorney's Office and they have got to be concerned about the potential outcome here," said Dale Carson, an analyst for Action News.

Carson said the jury may be having difficulty deciding on the principal charge against Dunn, the charge of first-degree murder.

The jury has been deliberating the case all day.

Late Friday afternoon, John Phillips, the attorney for Jordan's family tweeted the jury "has ordered dinner in."

The long day began shortly before 9 a.m. when Judge Russell Healey made a quick change of protocol, due to concerns with the thin walls of the courtroom.

The courtroom where the Michael Dunn trial is taking place has never been used until now.

But Judge Healey said concerns have been raised about other courtrooms over the jury being able to hear discussions and people in the courtroom being able to hear jury deliberations.

So, the judge asked everyone to clear the courtroom during deliberations.  People will be allowed back five minutes prior to any discussion in court.

Security is tight around the courthouse where protesters have gathered again.

The panel has been deliberating the case since Wednesday evening.  On Thursday, the jury saw the Gate gas station surveillance video, and posed a number of questions to the judge.

The jury wanted to see the "dummy with the sticks," but Judge Russell Healey said no since the mannequin was used as part of a demonstration and not submitted as evidence.  The jury also asked for paper, and an easel.

Action News has a team of reporters inside and outside the courthouse, waiting for a verdict.


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lugooty - 2/14/2014 11:23 PM
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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!

CaptA60 - 2/14/2014 6:09 PM
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This "I was in fear of my life" don't always work out, Dunn saw Zimmerman get off with it: So he is hoping he can do the same: A woman who was in fear of her life got 20 years for firing a gun: If he is not found guilty then I will no longer have any faith in the justice system or the 12 men clause "JURY"

MrCitizen - 2/14/2014 5:13 PM
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This is not going to be a slam dunk--Dunn seems to be on track to beat the main charge--murder 1.
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