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Jurors back to deliberate in Michael Dunn murder trial

By Eliott C. McLaughlin and Faith Karimi CNN | 2/14/2014, 9:28 a.m.
The jury weighing the fate of a white Florida man accused of killing a black teen during an argument over ...
Michael Dunn, a Florida man accused of killing a teen in 2012 following an argument over loud music, started testifying in his murder trial Tuesday, February 11, 2014. POOL photo.

The jury weighing the fate of a white Florida man accused of killing a Marietta (Ga.)-teen during an argument over loud music could make a decision Friday in the much-watched case.

The jury resumed deliberations at 9 a.m. ET Friday.

Jurors are considering evidence in 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.

A "comprehensive public safety plan" has been established ahead of a verdict in the case, according to the Duval County joint information center handling the Dunn trial. The case 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.

"All contingencies have been planned for," the Duval County statement said. "We will not discuss the specifics of any security plan. We will continue to protect the rights of those who choose to peaceably demonstrate."

Defense attorney Cory Strolla told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday the Zimmerman and Dunn cases aren't so similar in his mind.

There was a physical confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin, and police gave Zimmerman the benefit of the doubt about defending himself, Strolla said.

"My client did not wait to become that victim; my client did not wait to either get assaulted by a weapon or have someone potentially pull a trigger," he said.

Unlike the Zimmerman case, police rushed to charge Dunn with murder, the defense attorney said.

"They already made up their mind before they even had the evidence basically looked at and put together," he said.

Even though a weapon was never found, Strolla maintains the youths could have had one. Dunn felt threatened and acted to defend himself, he said.

"Now, does it sound irrational? Of course it sounds irrational. But have you ever been in that situation?" Strolla said.

Jury questions

Jurors on Thursday asked 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 Thursday: "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, Strolla said he felt the dowels in the body had been repositioned and objected to the jury seeing it again.

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.