(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A Florida jury has reached a verdict on four of the five charges in the trial of a man accused of shooting a teenager to death over loud music, but said they could not come to a decision on the fifth charge.
The judge sent them back to attempt to resolve that final issue.
Michael Dunn, 47, is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Jordan Davis, 17, in a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot on Nov. 23, 2012. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
The judge also instructed the jury that they could consider lesser charges, including second degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide or excusable homicide.
Prosecutors allege Dunn fatally shot Davis after he asked the teen and his friends to turn down their music.
Dunn testified that he feared for his life and thought Davis was going to kill him, prompting Dunn to pull out his gun and fire nine times at the car that the teenagers were sitting in.
Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson told jurors that Dunn “fired round after round after round” at Davis and his friends as they sat in their car. She said Davis was inside the SUV when he was killed. Dunn claims the teen had gotten out of the vehicle.
In his closing argument, Dunn’s attorney Cory Strolla said that his client had a right to “meet force with force.” He said the state has the burden to prove that Davis didn’t brandish a gun at Dunn, as Dunn has claimed.
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