(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A Florida judge declared a mistrial on the first-degree murder charge of a man accused of shooting a teenager to death over loud music. Michael Dunn, 47, was found guilty Saturday on four lesser charges in the 2012 death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder and another felony charge of shooting into a car. He could face at least 60 years in prison.
Prosecutors will decide if he will be retried on the key charge of first-degree murder.
Judge Russell Healey thanked the jury, who spent more than 30 hours in deliberation.
“I’ve watched you throughout these last two weeks and I know how hard it has been for you and how difficult it has been for you,” Healey said. “But you have performed your duties with the absolute utmost of professionalism.”
Prosecutors allege Dunn fatally shot Davis after he asked the teen and his friends to turn down their music at a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot on Nov. 23, 2012.
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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