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The 12-day trial of a man accused of killing a teenager during an argument over loud music cost taxpayers $99,158.26.

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News Release: Associated Press News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The 12-day trial of a man accused of killing a teenager during an argument over loud music cost taxpayers $99,158.26.

The city of Jacksonville released the information Monday.

Michael Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder and of shooting into a vehicle. Jurors deadlocked on the murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga. A retrial is scheduled for May 5.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1hknjtR ) reports it cost $26,000 to house, feed and pay 16 jurors. In addition, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spent about $64,000 in personnel overtime.

Sheriff's Office Chief Michelle Cook says she talked to agencies that handled the George Zimmerman and Casey Anthony trials before the trial began. The Zimmerman trial cost about $902,000, including $320,000 in sheriff's office costs.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com


News Release: Associated Press News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man convicted of attempted murder in a confrontation over loud music won't be sentenced until after his retrial on a murder charge.

A judge on Friday set a date for Michael Dunn's new trial in early May.

Dunn had been scheduled this month to be sentenced for attempted murder and firing into a vehicle, but his attorney was concerned that statements Dunn makes at a sentencing hearing could be used against him in his second trial.

Jurors deadlocked last month on the murder charge against Dunn in the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Prosecutors have vowed to retry him on the count.

Dunn could face a maximum of 60 years in prison for the charges on which he already has been convicted.


Associated Press News Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge in Jacksonville is postponing until Friday a decision on whether he will sentence a Florida man convicted of attempted murder during a confrontation over loud music ahead of the 47-year-old software developer's retrial on first-degree murder.

Jurors deadlocked last month on a first-degree murder charge for Michael Dunn in the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Prosecutors have vowed to retry him on the count.

Dunn's attorney on Monday asked that sentencing be postponed until after the second trial. Defense attorney Cory Strolla says he is concerned that statements Dunn makes at a sentencing hearing could be used against him in his second trial.

Strolla says he is stepping down as Dunn's attorney and asked Judge Russell Healey to appoint public defenders.


Associated Press News Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The attorneys for a Florida man convicted of attempted murder for shooting at three teens after an argument over loud music will ask a judge to delay his sentencing on those convictions until he can be retried on charges that he murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday. Michael Dunn's lawyers say he cannot speak on his own behalf until the Davis charge is resolved. Prosecutors say there is no provision under state law to delay the sentencing, scheduled for March 25.

Dunn was convicted last month of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at three of Davis' friends who were all inside an SUV. But the jury hung on a first-degree murder charge for Davis' death.

Dunn is facing 60 years in prison.


Associated Press News Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Attorneys are seeking to delay the sentence for a man convicted of attempted murder until after he's tried again for fatally shooting a teenager during an argument over loud music.

Michael Dunn was convicted last month and faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three teens who were in a car with 17-year old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga. Dunn is accused of opening fire on the group as they were parked outside a Jacksonville gas station in 2012. Jurors deadlocked on whether Dunn was guilty of killing Davis.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1dkFku4 ) reports attorney Cory Strolla argued in a motion filed last week that it would be unfair to sentence Dunn before disposing of the murder charge. Sentencing is set for March 24.

The teen's parents oppose delaying the sentence.
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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com


Associated Press News Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A juror from the trial over a Florida teen's death after a loud-music argument says most of the panel wanted a murder conviction and that race wasn't a factor in deliberations.

In a Tuesday night interview with ABC News (http://abcn.ws/1huG5ES ), the woman says only two jurors initially believed 47-year-old Michael Dunn was justified in the 2012 shooting outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn is white; 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., was black.

She says an eventual 9-3 deadlock left jurors unable to reach a decision Saturday. They voted to convict Dunn of three counts of attempted murder over shooting at Davis' friends, also in the SUV with the music playing.

She says the nine jurors were split among first-degree, second-degree and manslaughter verdicts.

The woman asked to be identified only as Valerie. She appeared on camera. Jurors' names haven't been released.


News Release: CNN

Updated: February 18, 2014, 5pm

A mistrial on the murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis has renewed the debate over race and self-defense laws.

Michael Dunn was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting into an SUV carrying four teens.

But the jury could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge - first-degree murder in Davis's death.

Tallahassee attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Trayvon Martin's family, is among those outraged.

"The problem is this law that says, as long as you can articulate some imaginary fear, that it's justified to kill our children. It's legalized murder and we have to talk about that," said Crump.

Prosecutors say the do plan to retry Dunn on the murder charge.

He faces 60 years in prison for the attempted murder convictions.


State Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee), Chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus and Sponsor of the Stand Your Ground Repeal HB 4003 bill made the following statement on the verdict of the Jordan Davis case:

“The tragedy of the Jordan Davis case reflects that here in Florida self defense laws must be changed. My thoughts and prayers remain with Jordan Davis family. As an advocate of repealing Stand Your Ground law in Florida, the impact of Stand Your Ground in Florida is significant given the number of tragedies that have occurred in the state, as in the highly publicized deaths of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin. These tragedies have renewed the argument that this injustice in our laws makes ordinary citizens feel empowered to shoot first and ask questions later; boosting murder rates and justifiable homicides, and putting individuals that people too often presumed to be a threat in particular peril.

I sponsored Resolution # LJE 13-06 of the National Black Conference of State Legislators which urges states to oppose stand your ground and shoot first laws. It remains my goal to reach out to legislators in other states that have Stand Your Ground laws and encourage them to introduce legislation to repeal Stand Your Ground laws.Today decision is further proof that repealing or reforming these laws is in need of serious legislative review because vigilante justice must not be tolerated. While I respect the jury process, I am deeply disappointed in the verdict. It concerns me that our self defense laws lead jurors to deliberate an unjust application of the law, allowing individuals to commit murder and not found guilty of murder.

Florida was the first to implement the "Stand Your Ground Law" and should be the first state to come forward and acknowledge the imperfections in our self defense laws and change it in our state. We must work to find effective solutions to the challenges these laws pose. Jordan Davis death shows us that lawmakers must remain focused on the goal of preventing these incidents of violence, I call on my colleagues in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate to work during the upcoming legislative session to prevent future tragedies as this from taking place here in Florida, that can have devastating consequences for families, our community and the citizens of the State of Florida.”


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Florida jury's inability to agree on a murder charge will give prosecutors and defense attorneys fodder for their next moves in the case of a teen fatally shot after an argument over loud music.

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of teenagers after the argument but jurors couldn't agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. A mistrial was declared on the murder charge.

State Attorney Angela Corey said her office would seek a retrial of Dunn on a first-degree murder charge.

"We don't back off trying to retry," she said.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Cory Strolla said he plans to appeal based on several issues, including how the jury could reach guilty verdicts on four counts and deadlock on another.

Dunn was charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 after the argument over loud music coming from the SUV occupied by Davis and three friends outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancee as "thug music." He claimed he acted in self-defense.

After more than 30 hours of deliberations over four days, the 12 jurors found Dunn guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

"He's in disbelief, and it has not sunk in," Strolla told reporters following the jury's verdict. Strolla said Dunn's parents were devastated.

"I have no earthly clue what I could have done differently," Strolla said.

Earlier in the day, the panel said in a note to Judge Russell L. Healey that they couldn't agree on the murder charge. They also had the option of convicting him of second-degree murder or manslaughter. The judge asked them to continue their work, and they went back to the deliberation room for two more hours before returning with a verdict.

"I've never seen a case where deliberations have gone on for this length of time," Healey said afterward, praising the jurors. "They've embraced their civic duty, and they are to be commended for that."

Jurors declined to talk to the media.

Dunn showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. Each attempted second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, while the fourth charge he was convicted on carries a maximum of 15. A sentencing date will be set later.

Davis' parents each left the courtroom in tears. Afterward his mother, Lucia McBath, expressed gratitude for the verdict. Sunday would have been the teen's 19th birthday.

"We are so grateful for the truth," McBath said. "We are so grateful that the jurors were able to understand the common sense of it all."

Jurors heard testimony that Dunn, who has a concealed weapons permit, fired 10 shots, hitting the vehicle nine times. Davis was the only person hit.

Dunn, in claiming self-defense, testified that he thought he saw a firearm pointed at him from the SUV as the argument escalated. No weapon was found in the SUV.

Dunn also told jurors he feared for his life, perceiving "this was a clear and present danger."

Prosecutors contended that Dunn opened fire because he felt disrespected by Davis. The teen made his friend turn the music back up after they initially turned it down at Dunn's request. Dunn was parked in the spot next to the SUV outside the convenience store.

According to authorities, Dunn became enraged about the music and ensuing argument. One person walking out of the convenience store said he heard Dunn say, "You are not going to talk to me like that."

Dunn testified he heard someone in the SUV shouting expletives and the word "cracker," which is a derogatory term for white people.

"That defendant didn't shoot into a carful of kids to save his life. He shot into it to save his pride," Assistant State Attorney John Guy told the jury earlier in the week. "Jordan Davis didn't have a weapon, he had a big mouth."

The trial was Florida's latest to raise questions about self-defense and race, coming six months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, about 125 miles south of Jacksonville. The Dunn trial was prosecuted by the same State Attorney's Office that handled the Zimmerman case.

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Associated Press News Release
By TAMARA LUSH and DEREK KINNER

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, about 125 miles south of here.

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, could face 60 years in prison following his conviction Saturday on multiple counts of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers in 2012. One teenager died in the incident.

Jurors couldn't agree on the first-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, and a mistrial was declared.

In contrast, Zimmerman -- who also claimed self-defense -- was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Dunn's attorney has vowed to appeal.


Associated Press News Release
By DEREK KINNER

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The father of a teen fatally shot by a Florida man after an argument over loud music says he believes jurors are working hard as they enter their third day of deliberations.

The 12 jurors resume deliberating Friday in 47-year-old Michael Dunn's trial.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012.

Dunn claims he shot the Marietta, Ga., teen in self-defense. But prosecutors told jurors Dunn shot the teen because he felt disrespected by Davis during an argument over loud music.

The sequestered jurors went home Thursday evening without reaching a verdict after deliberating for almost 12 hours over two days.

Davis' father, Ronald Davis, says he believe jurors are being thorough, adding, "that's a good thing."


Associated Press News Release
By DEREK KINNER

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors deliberating whether a Florida man committed murder when he fatally shot a teen after an argument over loud music have asked a second question.

The 12 jurors on Thursday asked a judge if they could view mannequins and sticks that were presented by prosecutors in the courtroom to reconstruct the angle of the shots that hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey said he wanted to do some legal research before answering if they could do so.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder, though jurors could also consider second-degree murder and manslaughter as options for a conviction.

Dunn claims he shot Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in self-defense outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. But prosecutors told jurors Dunn shot the teen because he felt disrespected by Davis.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

The defense attorney for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting of a teen after an argument over loud music said Thursday that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict in his murder trial.

Michael Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, said that waiting for a verdict is the hard part of the trial.

"From day one, his attitude has been we have the truth. We will prevail," Strolla said.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder, though jurors could also consider second-degree murder and manslaughter as options for a conviction.

Dunn claims he shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in self-defense outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. But prosecutors told jurors Dunn shot the teen because he felt disrespected by Davis. Davis had the music in his SUV turned back up after a friend complied with Dunn's request to turn the volume down.

The trial was the latest Florida case to raise questions about self-defense and race; Dunn is white and the teens were black. It came six months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., about 125 miles south of Jacksonville. The Dunn trial was prosecuted by the same State Attorney's Office as was the Zimmerman case. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic and Martin was black.

Dunn wouldn't have been taken to trial had it not been for the George Zimmerman acquittal during a trial last summer, Strolla said.

"I believe there is a lot vested in this case, politically," Strolla said. "The case, on the heels of not guilty in George Zimmerman, just escalated that political pressure."

A spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office said in an email that her office got the Dunn case in December 2012. Zimmerman's trial took place last summer.

"The prosecution of Michael Dunn began long before the Zimmerman trial," said spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard.

Jurors returned Thursday for their second day of deliberations during which they reviewed security-camera video from the convenience story that captured sounds of gun shots from Dunn's firearm. They deliberated for three hours Wednesday before recessing for the night.

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Mike Schneider contributed from Orlando.


Associated Press News Release
By DEREK KINNER

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Defense attorneys only plan to call one or two more witnesses in the trial of a Florida man charged with fatally shooting a teen after an argument over loud music.

Defense attorneys for 47-year-old Michael Dunn could rest as early as Tuesday.

If that happens, prosecutors have the chance to call rebuttal witnesses before jurors are given their instructions.

Dunn is pleading not guilty to first-degree murder. He says he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., outside the store in Jacksonville in November 2012.

Prosecutors rested their case on Monday after an associate medical examiner testified that the first bullet that hit Davis in the abdomen likely killed him.

Character witnesses for the defense testified that they never knew Dunn to be violent.


Associated Press News Release
By DEREK KINNER

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of a Florida man charged with killing a teen after an argument over loud music outside a convenience store.

Prosecutors called their last witness in direct testimony on Monday, a week after jury selection began in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Dunn.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., outside the store in Jacksonville.

Maria Pagan, an analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, testified earlier in the day about the steps Dunn took before shooting the teen. Her testimony bolstered the contention from prosecutors that Michael Dunn acted with premeditation when he fatally shot Davis in 2012.


Associated Press News Release

Updated: February 6, 2014

By DEREK KINNER

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors say witnesses will testify that a Florida man on trial for murder intended to kill a teen outside a convenience store after an argument over loud music.

Prosecutor John Guy told jurors during opening statements Thursday that 17-year-old Jordan Davis posed no threat to Michael Dunn and that there was no weapon in Davis' vehicle.

Authorities say the 47-year-old Dunn fatally shot the Marietta, Ga., teen outside a store in Jacksonville in November 2012. Dunn and Davis had begun arguing after Dunn complained that music coming from Davis' vehicle was too loud.

Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, told jurors that Dunn felt threatened and fired in self-defense.

Strolla says Davis threatened Dunn's life during the argument.

He says that under Florida law, Dunn had every right not to be a victim.


Associated Press News Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Journalists are objecting to an order requiring reporters to be out of the courtroom during jury selection in the trial of a software developer charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old teen that authorities say happened after an argument over loud music.

An attorney for The Florida Times-Union and First Coast News on Monday told the judge presiding over the case that reporters must be allowed in the courtroom during selection.

Under the current plan, reporters can listen to an audio feed in another courtroom. The judge says it's an effort to protect potential jurors' identities.

The judge on Monday also said jurors will be sequestered during the first-degree murder trial.

Michael Dunn is charged with shooting Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., outside a Jacksonville store in November 2012.


Associated Press News Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A white software developer is about to go on trial in Florida in the death of a black teenager -- in a case that raises comparisons to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn.

Police say Dunn fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 outside a Jacksonville convenience store after arguing over loud music that Davis and his friends were playing from their SUV.

Dunn says he fired multiple shots into the SUV after the teens threatened him and one raised a shotgun. Dunn was arrested the next day.

Zimmerman, a Hispanic, was acquitted of second-degree murder last year in the death of Martin, a 17-year-old black teen.


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