FL Juror: Most Favored Murder Verdict For Dunn, Race Wasn’t A Factor


First juror from Florida’s Michael Dunn murder trial to go public about the deliberations told the ABC’s “Nightline” she thought Dunn was guilty of unjustly killing Jordan Davis and that most of her fellow jurors agreed, reports the Florida Times-Union. His father, Ron Davis, said he wanted Dunn retried on the deadlocked first-degree murder charge, which prosecutor Angela Corey has promised to do. Juror #4, a homecare nurse administrator, said the original vote was 10-2 on the first-degree murder charge, while the two jurors in the minority thought Dunn acted in self defense and was justified in firing 10 shots into the car occupied by Davis and three friends. The final vote was 9-3 in favor of conviction on the first-degree murder charge, the juror said.

The jury convicted Dunn on three counts of second-degree attempted murder and one count of firing bullets into a vehicle, but Judge Russell Healey declared a mistrial on the first-degree murder charge. The juror said race wasn’t a factor in the deliberations. Dunn was white, while those in the car were black. “Sitting in that room, it was never presented that way,” she said. “We looked at it as a bad situation where teenagers were together and words were spoken and lines were crossed.” She said key moments in the trial that also swayed her were Dunn’s testimony during which he insisted he was in danger, his use of the word thug to describe the music being played in Davis’ car and a jury instruction regarding the use of deadly force. “To me, it was unnecessary,” the woman said. “We all believed there was another way out, another option.”

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