New Florida Shooting Trial Resembles Zimmerman-Martin Case


A Florida man with a gun. A black teen, shot dead. Was it murder or self-defense? The Associated Press reports that jury selection is to begin Monday in the trial of Michael Dunn, 47, a software developer charged in the fatal 2012 shooting of Jordan Davis, 47, outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Authorities say an argument over loud music led to the shooting. Dunn and his fiancée had just left a wedding reception when they stopped at the store and pulled up next to the sport utility vehicle that Davis was sitting in.

An argument began after Dunn told them to turn the music down, police said. After an exchange of words, Dunn, who had a concealed weapons permit, pulled a 9 mm handgun from the glove compartment and fired multiple shots into the SUV, striking Davis in the back and groin. Dunn told police he felt threatened. His attorney has said Dunn saw a gun and shot in self-defense, perhaps laying the ground work for a case under Florida's “stand your ground” law. If the case sounds familiar, that's because it has echoes of the George Zimmerman trial for shooting Trayvon Martin that happened only two hours away.

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