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Video of police interview of Michael Dunn's girlfriend released

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Updated: 4/17/2013 7:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News has obtained newly released evidence in the Michael Dunn case.  The State Attorney's Office released new DVD's of surveillance video taken near the crime scene, as well as an interview with Rhonda Rouer, Dunn's girlfriend.

The surveillance video from Nov. 23, 2012, shows Rouer inside the store at the Gate station on Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road. You can see her carry a bottle of wine toward the register. Then, you hear someone in the store shout, "Look, he's shooting! He's shooting out of the car, I swear to God."

Police say the person shooting was Dunn. The person police say was killed by his bullet was Jordan Davis, 17.

In her interview with JSO, Rouer tells her side of the story. She says she and Dunn stopped at the Gate station after attending his son's wedding.  When they pulled into the parking lot, she says they noticed loud music coming from a red vehicle.

"He said, 'uh, I hate that thug music'," Rouer told detectives.

While she was inside the store, she says she had no idea what was happening outside. A detective asked her, "You didn't hear hear any argument? You didn't hear any kind of verbal altercation of any kind?" Rouer responded, "No."

When people inside the store heard the shots fired, she said she ran outside, and saw Dunn leaning out of his car.

"I opened the door, and he said get in the car. And  don't know if I said what, or if I said anything, or if I just hesitated. And he said 'get in the car'," she said.

And with that, the couple from Satellite Beach drove away, back to their hotel in Jacksonville.

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Once in the car, she said, "I asked him what happened. That's what I said. I said, what happened? And he said, I shot at the car." 

"I said, what car? And he said, the one with the music. And I said, why? And he said, because they threatened to kill me," she said. "He just said he asked them nicely to turn down their music. One of them in the car turned it down. Then somebody in the car said 'we don't have to turn our music down for that a**hole'."

She said she asked Dunn if anyone was hurt. He said no. It wasn't until the next morning when they saw the news that Jordan Davis was killed in the confrontation.

But instead of calling police, she said it was her idea for them, and their dog Charlie, to go back to Satellite Beach. "We need to get home. We need to get Charlie taken care of and then we can go talk to police."

That's where Dunn was taken into custody. Now, he's in jail, awaiting trial for murder.

While she says Dunn repeatedly told her he feared for his life that night, Rouer says he never mentioned seeing a gun.


 

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