• New documents show Michael Dunn's involvement in his defense

    By: Amanda Warford


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New documents obtained by Action News show how involved Michael Dunn was in his own defense. 

    Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder in February stemming from an incident involving loud music that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012. Dunn is currently awaiting retrial in Davis' death. 

    The documents include two letters that Dunn sent to his daughter Rebecca in the months prior to the trial. In the first letter, which is not dated, he thanks her for transcribing the video of his very first interview with police, but he tells her that she missed something that he felt was important. 

    "I recall one of the detectives saying something along the lines of, 'Did you know asking someone to turn their music down around here can get you killed?'" he wrote. 

    "He is doing everything he can to identify even the smallest thread of hope, and this is a mechanism for doing that," said legal and safety expert Dale Carson to Action News after reading the letter. "And as a defense attorney, you want a client to be directly involved because they were present at the scene and know what happened." 

    But Carson has carefully reviewed the recording of that interview, and said that information likely would've been mentioned in Dunn's first trial. 

    "I didn't hear that phrase. One would have to listen to that very carefully and certainly if that's true, I believe, we would've heard about this before." 

    In the second letter dated Oct. 5, 2013, Dunn asks his daughter to contact the ACLU about State Attorney Angela Corey. 

    "I'm hoping that they'll be able to make a stronger case against Ms. Corey based upon her actions," he wrote. "We only have three months left to cavalier all the spin that's been going on for the past year." 

    Dunn also asks his daughter to listen to lyrics in Tommy Storms' music, to garner information for a website dedicated to Dunn's defense. Storms was in car with Davis that night. "I'd like you to transcribe them, so we can post excerpts on the website," he wrote. 

    Dunn is due back in court on Aug. 4.

    Next Up: