Yesha Callahan

Michael Dunn Verdict: Florida Man Found Guilty Of Attempted Murder

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Today would have been Jordan Davis’ 19th birthday, but instead of receiving justice for his murder, the Davis family received one of the biggest miscarriages of justice ever, when Michael Dunn was not convicted of first degree murder last night.

Michael Dunn, the Florida man who fatally shot and killed Jordan Davis because of loud music playing in a car, was found guilty on three counts of attempted murder and one count of firing into a vehicle. The jury in his case could not reach a verdict on whether Dunn was guilty of murdering Davis. The jury was made up of four white females, two black females, four white males, an Asian female and a Hispanic male. After 27 hours of deliberation, they were not able to reach a consensus on the first-degree murder charge against Michael Dunn.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey declared a mistrial on the first-degree murder count. State Attorney Angela Corey said after the verdict that her office would retry Dunn for first-degree murder.

Davis’ parents each left the courtroom in tears.

Dunn showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. But afterwards, he turned to his lawyer, Cory Strolla, and asked, “How is this happening?”

“Obviously, my client is devastated at the outcome. Never saw it coming one bit,” Strolla said. “So it’s hard. It’s hard for the family. I know his family’s devastated.”

Circuit Judge Russell Healey ordered a pre-sentence investigation report, which takes about a month to prepare. Afterward, the attorneys will meet at 9 a.m. March 24 to schedule a sentencing date.

Dunn is set to be sentenced in March and could face up to 60 years in prison.

  1. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    Riddle me this how is it these jurors can convict a guy for trying to murder three kids but, fail to convict on the charge of the kid he actually did murder. The scary thing is if Jordan was only in that car by himself this psycho would have walked all together. By the way all that time they spent deliberating that Melissa jury took like 8 minutes to convict her, and nobody was shot at all. This man should be a convicted murderer not just an attempted murderer.

  2. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    That man shot that child to death, with the full intent to kill more, without any justifiable cause. How do you not call this first degree murder? When humankind is devalued, we give way to savagery, debauchery, and wickedness.

    My heart is heavy with pain and sorry, I can’t imagine what they’re feeling.

  3. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    I think the jurors could not reach a consensus on whether it was first degree murder or 2nd degree murder. Not whether he committed murder. Alot of people seem to think that first degree murder entails minutes to hours of pre-meditation when in reality it can be a split second decision.

    He will be retried and this time there will be a concentration on his hatefulness.

    I had hoped that this case would be put to bed as quickly as possible so that Jordan Davis can rest in peace and his parents and family can begin the long process of healing, but it was not to be.

    Michael Dunn will be convicted of murder, he may even plead to a lesser charge, but he is in jail where he belongs. In my opinion, this justice delayed, not denied.

  4. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    I think that the mistrial on the murder charges is due to the majority of the jurors wanting to let him off, but there were one or two “hold outs.” Thank goodness for the hold outs. (I am assuming the holdouts were the 2 black women.)

    I am glad that he will do some time and not get off scott free. I don’t have any expectations of a different outcome for the retrial for murder, because I’m sure the defense (with the aid of the state) will pick a jury that is more favorable to them. At this point all I can do is hope that when Dunn is sentenced for the lesser charges he was convicted of, he will get the maximum sentence.

  5. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    “How is this happening?” Well, let’s see, Mr. Done. It happened because you are a racist, maniacal bully who just couldn’t leave these young men alone. Yes, their music was loud, but you didn’t have to park next to them, or better yet, you could’ve gone to another gas station. It happened because you deserved it!

    “…Never saw it coming one bit,” Strolla said. Ha! That’s what happens when you are smug and arrogant. You think you are beyond consequences, especially when you take your play for the other maniacal moron, GZ.

    I cannot believe someone on that jury believed MD’s defense. I bet I know who the hold out was.

    Even though I’m so happy he’ll never see the light of day, I still want justice for the murder of Jordan Davis. He deserves that!

  6. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    I’m hoping with MD is retried, the jury will be able to hear his former neighbor’s testimony as to show that MD is not only a menace to Blacks, but the rest of society.

    I wonder how the jury feels now after now learning what they didn’t know when deliberating.

    Maybe this time they’ll get a Black man on the jury.

  7. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    This comment will not be popular. It is a travesty that this young man was murdered by an old white racist, who should be on death row, but is not because he is white. however must we forget the black-on-black murders that happen all too often in our own community.

    I say this as the mother of a black man. I don’t want to lose my son to any man. The rate of black-on-on murders has not changed in Baltimore, DC, Tampa, Omaha, Richmond, Durham and in most black communities. There seems to be a sickening double standard here. We never learn the name, much less the life of a black man who is the victim of another black man. Do their families grieve less knowing the murderer was black? Hail to the NO!

    • February 16, 2014 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      GeekMomma,

      Are you worried about your sons murderer if black never going to prison? About others seeing him as as a subhuman who got what he deserved? I feel that cases like this where non-blacks who kill blacks NOT being charged with murder only emboldens these people and make these situations more likely to happen.

    • February 16, 2014 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      You are conflating two different issues. When blacks are killed due to crime in their neighborhoods, the killer is sought and usually brought to justice. It is not racial, it is about circumstances. The crimes have their root in gangs and the violence associated with gangs.

      We can multitask and care about both. Please do not act as if people have not been working to decrease crime in the black community.

      Also, being a Chicago resident, I know the names of too many murder victims and I read about their stories in my newspaper on a regular basis, they are not ignored.

      Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, and Oscar Grant are being devalued twice, first by the shooter and then by the criminal justice system.

      If your son was killed by a black man, his killer would be sought and sentenced with the quickness.

      That is the difference. Please do not fall for this racial game that says we cannot complain about the crimes committed against innocent black victims, because non innocent black males are killing other innocent black males.

      It makes no sense.

    • February 16, 2014 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      No one can deny black/black violence but the difference is that if the perpetrator is black, he gets everything thrown at him including the kitchen sink. this guy will probably serve lesser sentence and likely be released early for “good behavior”.

    • February 16, 2014 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      Yes we know, black on black crime because we have it forever thrown in our faces. However, the fact still remains the same, this racist white creep murdered a young Black Man who’s had a good upbringing, and I’m really tired of the comparison.

      Not that it makes it better because it needs to be dealt with, but these black on black murderers 9 times out of 10 place themselves in the elements. This is the life they choose, and they pay for it dearly.

      Depending on Welfare, raising fatherless sons is a huge contribution to black on black crime. IMO

    • February 17, 2014 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      @Geekmomma–your comment isn’t popular, but I agree with you. In 1993 my brother, who was 18, was killed by another young black man. To this date that young black man walks free. His case never went to trial and I’m not even sure if he was even arrested. There were many witnesses but no one wanted to snitch, err I mean talk. I can’t help but think about my brother every time there’s a cry for justice for the life of a young black man. No one marched in the streets or demanded Cordell be arrested (yes, we know the name of my brother’s killer). I grieve with Jordan Davis’ family but surely my brother deserves the same demand for justice that Jordan Davis deserves.

    • February 17, 2014 - Reply

      @GeekMommaRants

      @geekmommarants

      I completely agree! That is absolutely something our community must address. I was just recently talking about this phenomenon of sympathizing black victims with white perpetrators with my culture group at school. My (white)counselor/leader personally asserted that “if Trayvon Martin was killed by a black man, it probably wouldn’t have even made the news, and that’s sad.” Why do we hold ourselves to a different standard? I’m starting to feel like some black people only complain about victimization from white people so as to be able to say they care about racism grand scheme, but don’t want to consistently attempt the cease of black devaluation. Just enough outcry to appear that we won’t tolerate white people harming us, but still not caring to the best of our ability. If we don’t act as if we matter to ourselves, why would we be taken seriously as a whole? Perhaps this isn’t a group that most earnestly needs to hear this message, but I gotta tell it anyway. If we want to prevent more tragedies like this, for starters, we need to effectively and consistently protest whatever color/race-on-black violence.

  8. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    @RJ – Yes, racism will protect a white man who murders a black man over a black man who kills one of his own people. Yes, those black men are killed because of racism and hatred. I am not excusing either white or black murderers, on the contrary. My point is we know who Jordan was because of the race of his killer. Who was murdered in Chicago over the summer? Ahh, these are faceless nameless folks and we don’t care about them, hell they were black and poor, fuckem. What about their families and lives? There is no real justice for murder, no matter who the killer is. Just grieve and a hollowness nothing can fill. Yes, black men are quickly arrested, indicted and sentenced, but the FUCK are the killing each other in the first fucking place? This makes an awful easy excuse to commit murder for fear of a black man, like my son.

  9. February 16, 2014 - Reply

    Wow, this is really disappointing. I really wish I could say I am surprise but I can’t. I am only assuming that the jury had an issue with the 1st degree murder charge. This DA should charge him with second-degree murder and maybe this family will get the justice they deserve.

  10. February 17, 2014 - Reply

    As we all know in America, every black juvenile carries a gun and is always ready to use it. At least Michael Dunn knows this. And in essence Dunn got to pop off at a bunch of at black kids knowing that there would be no legal recourse because black juveniles not only play ‘thug’ music, they are as we all know, as Florida knows, as Michael Dunn knows, ‘thugs’ and on that basis alone he could claim he felt imminently threatened. A convenience to go argument that every racist in America ought to study for their own future court cases.

    Why bother holding back when the black kid will always be put to trial for being the black thug that he is….

  11. February 17, 2014 - Reply

    time to ban loud stereos AG Holder…

  12. February 18, 2014 - Reply

    I was watching this on Saturday and when the verdict came down on counts 2-4 I was so nervous. I thought it could be a possble that this man gets off. Even though I am made about the jury being deadlocked on the first count. I am happy he was found guilty on the 2-4. I think what was different this time was the jury was diverse, thank god. Lord knows what would have happen if it was like Trayvon’s jury. Michael Dunn is a racist and should be locked up for this crimes, his fiance, and family is racist too.

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