A North Florida man has been convicted of attempted murder related to the fatal shooting death of a teen, after an argument over loud music.
The verdict against Michael Dunn came down Saturday, but jurors couldn't agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. A mistrial was declared on the murder charge.
Dunn, 47, 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, Fla., convenience store. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancee as "thug music." He claimed he acted in self-defense in the shooting of Davis, who was black.
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.
State Attorney Angela Corey said her office would consider seeking a retrial of Dunn on a first-degree murder charge.
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.
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.
Not surprisingly, the Dunn verdict sparked mixed reactions.
So Michael Dunn faces at least 60 years in prison, but ZERO years in prison (now) for killing Jordan Davis. Ah, Florida. #DunnTrial- Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) February 16, 2014