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Second Trial in Loud Music Killing Set for Today

Sep 22, 2014

Michael Dunn
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Jury selection is set to begin for the second trial of a Florida man accused of killing a Georgia teenager during an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store.

Attorneys for 47-year-old Michael Dunn want to move the trial away from Jacksonville, citing widespread publicity about the case. Circuit Judge Russell Healey has said he'll decide whether to move the trial during jury selection.

Earlier, jurors found Dunn guilty of attempted second-degree murder and firing into an occupied vehicle. They deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge.

Prosecutors say Dunn killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Georgia, when he fired 10 times into a sports utility vehicle occupied by four teens. Dunn said he thought Davis had threatened him with a weapon, but police found no firearms in the SUV. Davis was at the Jacksonville gas station after attending his son’s wedding. Dunn and the teens began arguing about loud hip hop music coming from the vehicle.

Dunn hasn't been sentenced on the earlier conviction, but faces 60 to 150 years in prison.

An attorney for Davis’ parents said the couple hopes the second trial will end with a first-degree murder conviction.

“Dunn wasn’t just an attempted murderer that night. He killed a teenager. A son, said John Phillips, the family lawyer.