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Michael Dunn verdict: Mistrial on murder, but convicted on lesser charges

Michael Dunn has been convicted, but not of the murder of Jordan Davis.
Michael Dunn has been convicted, but not of the murder of Jordan Davis.

Many have been waiting for the verdict in the Florida shooting trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn, and if he would be found guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Well, Dunn's verdict came in on the evening of Feb. 15, 2014. He was convicted on lesser charges, but in the charge of murder, the case was considered a mistrial as then jury deadlocked.

First Coast News reported that the jury deliberated for almost 30 hours over the course of four days, but Judge Russell Healey was informed that they could not reach a unanimous decision on the charge of murder in the first degree.

They also could not decide on the charge of second degree murder for Michael Dunn.

Michael Dunn has been found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder due to the shots he fired at the SUV that contained Jordan Davis and his friends. He was also found guilty on a fourth charge that has not been announced.

The biggest news from this trial is that Dunn is a white man while Davis and his friends are black. Dunn shot into an SUV after he asked them to turn down their music and they refused. Dunn states that a shotgun was pulled on him, but one was never found.

Dunn could still be found guilty on lesser charges such as manslaughter.

The judge encouraged the jury to look at all of the evidence some more.

"I want you to go back into the jury room, then taking turns tell each of the other jurors about any weaknesses of your own position," the judge told the jurors, several of whom looked down and nodded as he spoke. "You should not interrupt each other or comment on each other's views until each of you has had a chance to talk."

If after some time - a few more hours or days - a hung jury on the count of murder is very possible.

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