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Verdict Watch: Michael Dunn jury to resume deliberations Thursday morning

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Updated: 2/13 9:29 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A jury began deliberating the fate of Michael Dunn, the man accused of killing Jordan Davis, on Wednesday.

Several hours into deliberations, the jury asked to see the video from inside the Gate gas station on the night of the shooting, a process that will extend the court process into Thursday morning.




The judge, at the request of the jury, decided to continue deliberations Thursday morning.  The jury will return at 10 a.m.

"Get a good night's rest," said Judge Russell Healey to the alternate jurors.




Prosecutors said in closing arguments that Jordan Davis didn't stand a chance, and called the shooting "target practice" for the defendant Michael Dunn.

The defense said prosecutors didn't prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Closing arguments began at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday and ended shortly before 3:30 p.m.

The jury returned after a short break to receive instructions from the judge and pick a foreman.

Deliberations are now underway.  The jury received the case at 4:38 p.m.

The jury is made up of four white women, four white men, one Asian woman, two black women and one Hispanic male.

The day has been full of back-and-forth arguments from both sides.

Prosecutor Erin Wolfson opened the session, telling the jury there was "no gun in the Dodge Durango," and that Dunn fired "round after round" into the SUV.

"Ten rounds, 9 hitting the car," said Wolfson.





"This defendant went crazy," said Wolfson.  "He shot to kill, shooting at point-blank range."

"This defendant was disrespected by a 17-year-old teenager and he lost it," added Wolfson.

Attorney Cory Strolla began closing arguments after a lunch break.

Strolla said any verdict other than 'not guilty' is a miscarriage of justice, claiming "you can indict a ham sandwich."




Strolla also paused for three minutes to show the jury the teenagers in the red SUV had ample time to hide or get rid of a "shotgun" that Michael Dunn claimed he saw.




The defense wrapped closing arguments by saying prosecutors didn't prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

"I want you to check box number 4, not guilty," said Strolla.

Assistant State Attorney John Guy responded with the rebuttal.




"Jordan Davis didn't have a weapon, he had a big mouth and that defendant wasn't going to stand for it," said Guy while pointing at Michael Dunn. "And it cost Jordan Davis his life."

Dunn spent four hours on the witness stand on Tuesday, saying he fired in self-defense.

"To keep their heads down, to keep them from shooting, blindly," said Dunn.

He said the teenager in the back seat threatened him and grabbed what he thought was a shotgun.

"I stopped firing when it appeared the threat was over," Dunn said.

When the bullets stopped flying, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, a passenger in the back seat, was dead.

As of Wednesday evening, a crowd of protesters from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference gathered outside the Duval County Courthouse.

The Fourth Judicial Court released an administrative order outlining procedures for peaceful demonstrations.  Court leaders set up an in front of the courthouse for demonstrators to gather, and authorized the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to separate "any demonstrators with conflicting points of view to different parts of the restricted area."  Anyone found in violation of the order could face jail time and fines.

Stay connected to ActionNewsJax for live streaming coverage of today's trial and for the verdict when it comes down.

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weaponsdown - 2/13/2014 4:22 PM
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I feel that two lives hang in the balance.. I have a 15 yr old ... And teenagers conceal things.... Them leavening the gas station for any amount of time is suspicious.. I feel that leaves the door open for reasonable doubt... And time for disposal of a gun. Two things need to happen within society, teach the youth of today to respect their elders.. And adults need to think as a adult.. Gunning down our youth is not the answer and Dunn should have reflected on his sons life and how he had just enjoyed his wedding .. Why would he take that from Davis family??

crappiejax - 2/13/2014 8:03 AM
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If I was on the jury I would have a hard time with the fact that the kids left the scene then came back. Why did they leave, what did they do in that time. Was there a gun thrown out or possible drugs. With all that's going on in this world you have to do what it takes to protect yourself.

jax2005 - 2/12/2014 11:27 PM
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I think that M.D. is one crazy man and I believe that the love of his life is scared of him. Howcome he didn't mention what happen at the store to her. no one knows what goes on behind close doors, when I see him, I think of him as a woman beater, and she was scared to ask what happen because he probably would had popped a cap on her, hes the ganster, cause gansters kill then run from the scence and act as if nothing happened...and that's what he did..showed no mercy for what he did...

watchclosely - 2/12/2014 10:59 PM
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@lovestobake his window would have been broken had it been down- the bullets would have gone though it in the door frame. He did not fire at the windows. The boys did not lie, the evidence proves that fact.

loves2bake - 2/12/2014 9:38 PM
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Someone on another website brought up a good point. If Davis' window was only open a crack...according to the kid in the front seat... why wasn't his window shot out? It must have been down since there was no broken glass. The three boys lied. Also, if the music was so loud, how could they hear any of the conversation between the defendant and victim? Especially since their windows were up. I am not saying I am siding with Dunn, I am just stating that the boys perjured themselves on the stand.

bjax4fun - 2/12/2014 8:00 PM
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He was drinking and drunk is the reason why he did not stay or call the police when he shot at those boys and Killed Jordan Davis. Think about it, they established that they were drinking at the wedding and had wine, then 3 or 4 rum and coke then when to gate and was about to drink even more. What grown 40 something man or woman allow teenagers to make them stup that low?? Even his GF heard the music but it didn't rattle her. Why even park next to them? He should had moved to the other end of the store and waited for his GF like a normal grown man or woman would had done.

MomInHim - 2/12/2014 7:59 PM
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@Terri75, too bad the father had to find out in a court of law that his son liked spending time with his friends and listening to his music loudly? I'm sure he already knew this, and so do the other 99% of parents of American teenagers.

motherof3 - 2/12/2014 7:58 PM
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Dunn was never a father to him he even s a id so hisself poor guy I feel bad for him and his new wife

unity4all - 2/12/2014 7:27 PM
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Hopefully Micheal David Dunn will spend at least the next 25 years in prison. We (people posting on this site) will forget about him but his son will remember him on every anniversary since this happened on his (sons) wedding day. Dunn brought this on himself!!!!

MadameX - 2/12/2014 7:26 PM
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@coldhardfacts -- Sure hope your Mother is right, but it's difficult to believe she's been able to contact you with this information since they are sequestered in the jury room. However, or whatever, NOT GUILTY, I hope.
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