Michael Dunn's fate in jury's hands in murder trial
2/13/2014, 3:06 p.m.
[Breaking news alert, 6:27 p.m. ET]
The jury deliberating the fate of Michael Dunn, the Florida man accused of killing a teen following an argument about loud music, has finished its deliberations for the day, a judge said Thursday. They will resume at 9 a.m. ET on Friday.
[Original story published at 5:44 p.m. ET]
Michael Dunn's fate in jury's hands in loud-music murder trial
The jury deliberating the fate of a white Florida man accused of killing a black teen during an argument over loud music asked a judge Thursday for details about a letter written in the months after the shooting.
It was the latest in a round of questions from the jury weighing the case against Michael Dunn, who says he acted in self-defense when he opened fire on four teenagers in an SUV in Jacksonville in November 2012.
Prosecutors contend it was an act of murder. Dunn has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. He also has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. If Dunn is found guilty, he faces up to life in prison.
The questions came during the second day of deliberations in a case that has drawn parallels to the trial of George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, which also had racial overtones and claims of self-defense.
Among the requests from the jury was to see surveillance video from the gas station where Dunn shot Davis.
The video contains 20 minutes of footage from multiple angles, though a shorter version showing only one angle was slated to be shown in court.
The jurors posed another question later in the day: "Can we get that dummy with the sticks?" -- a reference to a flexible mannequin and three dowels used to demonstrate the angles of the bullets as they entered Davis' body.
Judge Russell Healey said he'd grant the request if both the prosecution and defense agreed, but after examining the dummy, defense attorney Cory Strolla said he felt the dowels in the body had been repositioned and objected to the jury seeing it again.
Then the jury asked the judge when the letter was written. The answer: June 2013.
In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors said inconsistencies between Dunn's words and actions undermined his assertion he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot the teen.
His attorney countered the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt his client was guilty. He pleaded with jurors to find Dunn not guilty.
In testimony Tuesday, Dunn said he fired in self-defense after the teen threatened him with a gun.
"My intent was to stop the attack, not necessarily end a life," he said. "It just worked out that way."
'There was no gun'
But Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson said Wednesday that Dunn's claims don't add up.
She noted that Dunn fired 10 shots at the SUV, three of them while the car was fleeing.
He never took cover -- but instead opened his car door -- even though he would later tell detectives he had seen a weapon, she said.