JACKSONVILLE, FL – Outrage is boiling in Florida over the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy. If you’re feeling a sense of déjà vu, you’re not alone. The case is eerily similar to the death of Trayvon Martin, which happened just nine months earlier.
Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2012 shooting of Jordan Davis. The shooting happened during a dispute about loud music as the two were parked side by side at a convenience store. According to cops, Davis and his friends were unarmed.
Of course, Dunn has a different tale to tell. He told jurors that he politely asked Davis and his friends to turn their music down. Everything was fine … until, he says, he saw a gun.
“I didn’t know what it was at first, but when he said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to [bleep] kill you,’ I look and I’m looking at a barrel,” defendant Michael Dunn testified. “He’s showing me a gun and threatening me.”
Fearing for his life, Dunn says he went for the weapon in his glove compartment.
“I grabbed the gun and stripped off the holster, and I put the pistol up into the window and cocked it and then turned to my left,” he described.
Pretty compelling testimony, right? Only problem is, the other teens in the car say there was no gun, and cops never found any kind of weapon.
Soon it will be up to a jury to decide — guilty or not guilty? Whether justice is served is one thing. But no verdict can bring back a young life taken too soon.