By Jueseppi B.
Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 1. Hearing. Partial. Michael Dunn Will Take Stand
Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 2. Hearing Michael Dunn Will Take Stand
Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 3. Michael Dunn Takes Stand
Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 4. Michael Dunn Takes Stand.
Michael Dunn Trial. Day 5. Part 5. Defense Rests. Rebuttal. Rhonda Rouer Recalled to Stand
Day 5 highlights: Dunn testifies, defense rests & gets self-defense instruction, State proffers rebuttal evidence
From Legal Insurrection:
Welcome to day five of our live coverage of the “loud music” 1st degree murder trial of Michael Dunn in real time. Here are a couple live video feeds, with the smaller, upper-most feed proving the most reliable yesterday.
Expectations are that this morning will see the last two defense witnesses. One of these is expected to be some kind of expert on stress reactions, but is a bit of a “surprise witness” from the perspective of the State. A hearing will be held at 8AM to discuss whether to allow this testimony, in the form of a Daubert hearing.
The second witness, I expect, will be the defendant, Michael Dunn himself. At present there seems insufficient–meaning no–evidence of self-defense necessary for the defense to meet its burden of production on the issue of self-defense. If they fail to meet this burden the jury will not be instructed on self-defense and a conviction is certain.
Thank you Legal Insurrection.
Michael Dunn, the man who pumped nine shots into a parked Dodge Durango full of teenage boys, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over the kids’ loud music, took the stand Tuesday in his defense, telling the jury, “I thought I was going to be killed.”
Dunn, 47, claimed that he saw what he believed was the barrel of a shotgun, which prompted him to start firing. Police found no weapon in the teens’ SUV.
Also been swirling around the case are letters believed to have been written by Dunn while in prison awaiting his trial.
According to several news outlets, Dunn, who is on trial for first-degree murder for the November 2012 shooting of Jordan, wrote letters to family members, friends and others claiming that he was being treated unfairly by the media and that the court system was biased toward blacks. In a letter to his daughter about “thugs,” he wrote, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior,” WTEV News reports.
From Weary Traveler Musings:
Michael Dunn — Strolla called Dunn to the witness stand once court convened. Under direct, Dunn was docile, mild-mannered, and weak. Strolla asked Dunn to give biographical details about his life and asked if Dunn had recollection of the week of Jordan Davis’ homicide.
Dunn told the jury that he was in Jacksonville to go to Chris Dunn’s wedding. Charlie the dog was a primary focus of the early part of direct questioning. Apparently Dunn & Rouer researched pet-friendly accommodations and picked a hotel further away from the wedding venue to accommodate Charlie, a 7-month-old puppy. Rouer and Dunn have been an item for 3.5 years, moving into the same dwelling six months into the courtship. Despite ending the marriage with Chris Dunn’s mother amicable, Rouer was a bit apprehensive about going to Chris Dunn’s wedding.
She had not known Chris Dunn and only viewed pictures of him via Facebook. Dunn concedes that Rouer’s assessment of how many drinks he had at Chris Dunn’s wedding was accurate: 3 or 4 drinks. Rouer didn’t eat at the wedding and they didn’t serve white wine, hence the reason for going to the Gate gas station.
Dunn & Rouer left Chris Dunn’s wedding because of Charlie. Rouer wanted to drink white wine and chips. Upon pulling into the Gate gas station, Dunn parked next to the red Durango because he wanted to be closer to the door. The “base” of the music coming from the red Durango was “ridiculously loud” after Rouer exited the vehicle to enter the store. Dunn had asked people in the past to turn down their music and they “happily” agreed to his request.
What Tevin Thompson’s told the jury was quasi-accurate but Dunn was mumbling it to himself, not talking to the teens in the red Durango. The guy in the front passenger’s seat, Tevin, turned down the music after Dunn asked and Dunn thanked him. Dunn admitted to having to roll down his window to tell the guys to turn down the music.
Michael Dunn is not qualified to testify to what the victim, Jordan Davis, supposedly said. So I will make it abundantly clear that these are Dunn’s words being assigned to Jordan Davis. Take them with a grain of salt as Dunn has every reason to lie, omit, or embellish to escape spending his natural born life in prison.
Dunn claims Jordan Davis was “mean spirited” and said “fuck that.” Dunn claims to have heard Jordan Davis say inaudible “something something” at first and then “cracker.” After that, Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis looked at him and said the following: “I should kill that motherfucker.” Tommie Strones exited the Gate and entered the vehicle in the driver’s seat.
Dunn had to roll down his window to ask if they were threatening his life. Dunn told the jury Jordan Davis reached down and then slammed something against the red Durango door. Strolla interrupts and switches gears, asking Dunn about his familiarity with weapons. Dunn is familiar with them because of his father taking him shooting as a youngster. Strolla continues asking about the Gate gas station parking lot. Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis said “Yes, I’m going to fucking kill you” in Dunn’s direction.
Then Jordan Davis supposedly showed 4 inches of a shotgun barrel. Dunn told the jury “I was in fear of my life.” Michael Dunn weeps when talking about Rhounda Rouer and Charlie. “After the continued threat of ‘you’re dead, bitch,’ a young man gets out and says ‘this shit is going down now’.”That young man was supposedly Jordan Davis. Dunn told the jury the following: “My life was in imminent danger.” Jordan Davis supposed gets out and screams “This shit’s going down now, bitch!” It was at this point that Dunn told the jury he reached for his weapon and said: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch!” Strolla asked if Dunn has responsible habits with firearms and he affirms.
Dunn had to lean forward, bounce back, then grabbed his gun. He grabbed gun & holster and “aimed at my attacker.” Despite saying “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch,” Dunn told the jury he had no malice intent, but his vocal inflection did change. Dunn suffered a hand injury which required him to hold the gun with two hands as he showed the jury. According to Dunn, the in-flight Durango didn’t “register” to him so he continued to fire.
Michael Dunn told the jury he was scared for his life and Rouer’s life being put in danger. Dunn continued to shoot because he was worried about what he called a “blind fire spot” which he told Strolla was in essence return fire. He also said he fired at the fleeing Durango as to “keep their heads down.”
Rouer exits the Gate and he screams at her, “Get in the car, we gotta go.” Dunn told the jury he was in a panic so he threw the holster at his feet before firing. Dunn continued to refer to Jordan Davis as “my attacker.” Dunn repeats the phrase he said the night of the homicide: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch.” Strolla asked Michael Dunn if anyone in the red Durango tried to “deescalate” and he told the jury they didn’t. Upon prodding, Dunn said “I tried to get out the fact” but he was too anxious to mention to Rouer that he was threatened with a weapon from the occupants’ in the red Durango.
At the hotel, Rouer ran in, Dun secured his weapon. Inside the hotel, Dunn was “stoic” for Rouer but he concedes he’s “more emotional now” on the witness stand. Dunn told Rouer they weren’t in any trouble save for the “local gangsters.” Because Rouer was emotionally spent, Dunn told her to get pizza.
After Strolla’s questions, Dunn’s answer imply that if he wanted to he could have. He said he has a valid passport and a valid aviation ID. Rouer was aggressive in demanding the couple return to their condo. At the condo, Strolla places emphasis on how transparent Dunn was. Detective Marc Musser called Dunn and told him he had five minutes before Brevard County’s finest was at his door.
Thank you Weary Traveler Musings.
Michael Dunn Trial – Day 6, Wed, February 12, 2014
Closing arguments are scheduled for today, along with the reading of jury instructions.
Jordan Davis Parents, Ms. Lucia McBath & Mr. Ronald Davis: