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Mistrial on first degree murder in loud music shooting

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Michael Dunn, 47, the Florida software designer who was charged with first degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis, 17, was convicted on four of five counts yesterday. Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into a vehicle, according to ABC News, Feb. 15, 2014. However, the jury could not agree on the charge of first degree murder. As a result, the judge declared a mistrial on that charge.

In his instructions to the jury, the judge had advised them that they could convict Dunn on lesser charges if they could not agree on the first degree murder charge. These charges included such things as: manslaughter, justifiable homicide or excusable homicide. However, the jury could not come to an agreement on any of those charges either.

Background:

An altercation broke out between Dunn and a group of teenage boys in a Dodge Darango in a convenience store parking lot on November 23, 2013. Dunn asked the boys to turn down their music which he stated was bothering him. One of the boys, Jordan Davis, became very belligerent towards Dunn, who then started shooting into the vehicle. Dunn fired multiple times and killed Davis who was in the back of the Darango when the shooting began.

Dunn claimed that he shot into the vehicle because he feared for his life and that Davis had gotten out of the vehicle. He also claimed that he saw a gun in the back of the vehicle. However, no evidence of either one of Dunn's claims was ever found.

Dunn did not report the shooting for several hours and not until after dining with his girlfriend and not mentioning a word about the incident to her.

Dunn's future:

Dunn faces up to 60 years in prison on the four felony convictions, plus the likelihood of another first degree murder trial.

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