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Man convicted in ‘loud music’ murder at convenience store

On Saturday, Feb. 15, a judge declared a mistrial on first-degree murder charges however; the man was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing a gun into a car. The prosecution can choose to retry the first-degree murder charges.

Michael Dunn was convicted of attempted murder charges but the jury could not reach a verdict on the first-degree murder charge.
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Michael Dunn, 47 was on trial for the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis, 17. In 2012, Dunn and Davis got into a heated argument outside of a convenience store over how loud Davis was playing the music in his car.

Dunn fired his gun 10 times hitting Davis’ vehicle nine times. Davis had three of his friends in the car with him at the time of the shooting.

According to Dunn’s testimony during the trial, he claimed that he thought he saw a gun being pointed at him from inside Davis’ car. It was due to that belief that Dun claimed he was acting in self-defense.

Prior to declaring a mistrial, Judge Russell Healey sent the jury back to the jury room to try and reach a verdict on the first-degree murder charge. The jury of 12 alerted Judge Healey later in the day that they were deadlocked.

At his sentencing hearing, Michael Dunn faces up to 60 years in prison on the four charges to which he was convicted.

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