Dunn Convicted, To Get Life Term, In Killing Of Unarmed Florida Teenager


A Florida man who shot an unarmed teenager to death in a dispute over loud music was convicted of first-degree murder after a jury rejected his claim that he fired his gun repeatedly in self-defense, reports the New York Times. Michael Dunn, 47, will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole. It was the second time that Dunn, a software developer, had faced a jury in the death of Jordan Davis, 17, a high school junior who was killed as he sat in a car in a convenience store parking lot.

In February, Dunn was convicted of three counts of second-degree attempted murder, one for each of three surviving teenagers who were with Davis, and of firing deadly missiles. The first jury could not agree whether Dunn killed Davis in self-defense or, as prosecutors argued, in a fit of rage on Nov. 23, 2012. The Dunn case was infused with racial overtones, renewing the national debate over racial profiling and its possible consequences. Dunn is white and the teenagers black.

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