Michael Dunn is found guilty, but not for murdering Jordan Davis
By Sunny Hostin and Greg Botelho CNN | 2/15/2014, 7:19 p.m.
Echoes of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman
Some people were quick to compare Dunn to Zimmerman, who ultimately was acquitted of murder for the shooting of Martin.
Martin's own parents were among them, claiming Davis' killing is another reminder that, in Florida, "racial profiling and stereotypes" may serve as the basis for illegitimate fear "and the shooting and killing of young teenagers."
But Dunn's defense attorney, Strolla, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday that the Zimmerman and Dunn cases aren't so similar.
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," he said. "My client did not wait to either get assaulted by a weapon or have someone potentially pull a trigger," he said.
Though a weapon was never found, Strolla maintains the youths could have had one and somehow ditched it. He said the key point was that Dunn believed they were armed and that his life was in danger.
"Now, does it sound irrational? Of course it sounds irrational. But have you ever been in that situation?" the lawyer asked.
Strolla said Saturday the four convictions leave him with regret, even as he said he couldn't immediately think of anything he'd do differently in the case.
At the same time, the prosecution didn't manage a conviction on what was by far the biggest charge: first-degree murder.
This mixed bag means that no one can fully celebrate the jury's decision.
"Everybody lost something in this," the lawyer said.
His client "will live to fight another day" in court, but he and his loved ones are suffering now, Strolla said. He acknowledged, too, the pain felt by Davis' family.
--CNN's Sunny Hostin reported from Jacksonville; CNN's Greg Botelho reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Tom Watkins, Elliott McLaughlin, AnneClaire Stapleton and John Couwels contributed to this report.
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