Guilty on four counts in ‘loud music murder trial’
AUTODIDACT 17 | 2/20/2014, 2:28 p.m.
In a surprising move, Rouer nervously confessed last weekend that Dunn, in the day they spent together before his arrest, never mentioned anything about a shotgun. Video surveillance shows her inside the convenience store as shots rang out.
Dunn told jurors on Tuesday that the high-schooler had threatened to kill him, pointed a shotgun from the SUV’s backseat and was exiting the vehicle, which caused him to retrieve his 9mm handgun and unleash 10 shots into the Durango, hitting Davis three times in the process.
Prosecutors contend that he fabricated this tale to bolster his self-defense claim. No weapons were found, and witnesses never reported seeing one. The teenagers testified that none of them had guns, which is why nobody retaliated. The district attorney portrayed the middle-aged Caucasian as feeling threatened because he perceived them as “gangsters.”
Davis had no criminal record, nor any alcohol or drugs in his system when he was murdered.
Prosecutors challenged what happened next: Dunn and Rouer fled the scene and drove 40 miles to St. Augustine, Fla., where he walked his dog, ordered pizza, then drank rum and Coke … “stunned and horrified, [shocked how] things escalated the way they did over a common courtesy.” He never called police. He only came into contact with the cops at his Satellite Beach, Fla., home, 130 miles south of St. Augustine, as he was apprehended.
“Justice has been served, but it’s not complete,” read a statement by the mother of Leland Brunson, one of the four teens.
Legal analysts suggest the defense had a relatively weak case, so much so they never attempted to apply the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Also, to back his claim, Dunn was forced to testify, which opened him up to cross-examination, where his credibility was shattered.
“We have to make a decision that we have to really begin to look seriously at our legal system, at the application of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and some of the other dynamics that created the conditions and climate that brought about this,” stated Bishop John Guns of St. Paul Church. “Jordan Davis will not die in vain.”
Throughout the trial, prosecutors asked jurors to use “common sense” when considering Dunn’s behavior following the shooting, which they said did not match the actions of a man who had fired in self-defense.
The verdict came on the eve of what would have been Jordan’s 19th birthday. Corey said, “We don’t back off trying to retry [on the murder charge]. We intend to fully push for a trial right here in Jacksonville.”
In a statement issued before the verdict on Saturday, Martin’s parents said the killing is “yet another reminder that in Florida, racial profiling and stereotypes” may serve as the basis for