Justice For Jordan Davis: Michael Dunn Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Florida Teen (DETAILS)


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UPDATE: 11:38 AM EST

Michael Dunn has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 105 years for four lesser charges.

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UPDATE: 10:45 AM EST

During his sentencing, Michael Dunn made a brief statement giving his condolences to the parents of Jordan Davis.

Davis’ mother, Lucy McBath, his father, Ron Davis and other loved ones will also deliver statements regarding the death of their son.

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Michael Dunn, the man who fatally shot Florida teenager

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Michael Dunn’s Sentencing Hearing May Be Delayed.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From Associated Press:

 

Michael Dunn‘s sentencing hearing in loud music killing delayed

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of attempted murder in a confrontation over loud music will have to wait until at least Friday to see if a judge sentences him or waits until after the 47-year-old software developer’s retrial on first-degree murder.

 

Jurors deadlocked last month on the murder charge against Michael Dunn in the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Prosecutors have vowed to retry him on the count.

 

Dunn could face a maximum of 60 years in prison for the charges on which he already has been convicted.

 

The South Patrick Shores resident worked in Vero Beach as vice president at Dunn & Dunn Data Systems.

 

Dunn’s attorney on Monday asked that sentencing be postponed until after the second trial. Defense attorney Cory Strolla says he is concerned that statements Dunn makes at a sentencing hearing could be used against him in his second trial.

 

Strolla also said he is stepping down as Dunn’s attorney and asked Judge Russell Healey to appoint public defenders.

 

Healey, an interim circuit judge, said he has never come across a case with similar circumstances in 150 trials.

 

“I’ve never had a hung jury,” Healey said at Monday’s hearing.

 

A mistrial was declared on the murder charge after jurors deliberated for four days. The 12 jurors found him guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

 

Dunn was charged with fatally shooting Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 after the argument over loud music coming from the SUV occupied by Davis and three friends. The teens were black. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancee as “thug music.”

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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I Am Compelled To Do This One Last Time. #MusicLoudAndHoodiesUp.


 

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Verdict Read In Michael Dunn “Loud Music” Murder Trial

 

 

 

Jordan Davis’ Parents: ‘God Is the Ultimate Justice’

 

Published on Feb 19, 2014

The parents of Jordan Russell Davis, Lucia McBath & Ronald Davis, discuss the verdict in the  “loud music trial.”

 

 

 

Loud Music Trial Juror Speaks Out

 

Published on Feb 19, 2014

Juror in the Michael Dunn murder trial said the jury was deadlocked almost immediately.

 

 

 

Juror breaks her silence on Dunn trial

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

CNN’s Alina Machado sits down with juror #8 from the Michael Dunn “loud music” trial.

 

 

 

Unjustified – Michael Dunn & Jordan Davis The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

 

Published on Feb 19, 2014

Jessica Williams discusses the Jordan Davis shooting, and shares the real lessons of Black History Month.

 

 

 

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Lucia McBath & Ronald Davis, Parents Of Jordan Russell Davis, Interview On The Last Word With Lawrence .


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law states that when deadly force is present, you have a right not to retreat, a right to stand your ground if you are in a place you have a right to be and are not illegally present in that place, and are committing no crime. At that point you are allowed by Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to meet deadly force with equal deadly force.

 

Since when did loud music, or a smart aleck, young 17 year old bravado mouth, become deadly force?

 

Jordan Davis Parents ‘He Will Pay’ FULL 15 Min Interview Last Word w Lawrence O’Donnell

 

Published on Feb 19, 2014

Jordan Davis Parents ‘He Will Pay’ FULL 15 Min Interview Last Word w Lawrence O’Donnell

 

 

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, the parents of Jordan Davis, reacted to the verdict that convicted Michael Dunn of second-degree murder but not first-degree on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show Wednesday night. They said they were shocked and heartbroken at the miscarriage of justice, and were joined by their lawyer John Phillips, who told O’Donnell the jury “gave the benefit of the doubt to the Caucasian businessman.”

 

O’Donnell brought up the interview a juror in the case gave to Nightline, in which she revealed that the vote was 9-3 for conviction of first-degree murder. McBath didn’t feel any ill will towards the jury, saying they “put their heart and soul” into deciding this case.

 

Both parents were frankly stunned by Dunn calling himself the “f*cking victim”, with Davis saying, “The victim was the one that had a bullet go through his lungs.”

 

O’Donnell appeared to tear up a bit while bringing up the overwhelming response the Davis family has been getting on Twitter, and asked them what they would say to Dunn if they had the chance. McBath said she’d tell him, “Not only did you take Jordan’s life but you took my future.” And she believes that no matter what the final outcome on the first-degree murder charge is, “in some way, shape or form, he will pay… because he’s going to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

 

I am simply stunned that 12 humans can not look at the facts presented in this case, no matter how incompetent the states attorney did their job of presenting those facts, and reach a guilty verdict on Murder One.

 

 

Jordan Davis – CNNSoledad O’Brien interviews the family of Jordan Davis

 

Published on May 5, 2013

Soledad O’Brien interviews Jordan Davis’ parents on CNN’s Starting Point.

 

 

 

Jordan Davis – MSNBC The Last Word w/ Lawrence O’Donnell – Parents Speak

 

As Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports proudly that they have reached one million for their concealed weapons and firearm license program, others are left to bare the burden of this trend. Parents of shooting victim Jordan Davis tell their story and what they plan to do to make sure it doesn’t happen to your child.

 

 

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Michael Dunn Trial Post Verdict Jordan Davis Parents Press Conference.


 

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Published on Feb 15, 2014

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Michael Dunn, Murder Of Jordan Russell Davis, Trial Verdict….

 

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Count 1 – Murder One – Mistrial. Can be retried.

 

Count 2 – 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty –  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 3 - 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty -  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 4 - 2nd Degree Attempted Murder – Guilty -  20 years minimum sentence.

 

Count 5 -  Deadly Missile charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years.

 

Michael Dunn is 47 years old. This is in essence a life sentence.

 

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Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts Responds to Verdict in Trial of Jordan Davis’s Killer; Jordan’s Mother, Lucia Mcbath, Is National Spokesperson

 

We are saddened and disappointed that the jury in the trial of Jordan Davis’s killer was unable to reach a full verdict. Our hearts are with Jordan’s family as they learn that they will have to bear another trial and more waiting for justice. Jordan and his family deserve closure in the killing of their son, and we will continue to shine a spotlight on our country’s broken Stand Your Ground laws.

 

Stand Your Ground laws put our children, families, and communities at risk because they give everyday, untrained citizens more leeway to shoot than the United States military gives soldiers in war zones. Children – like Jordan Davis – who may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time are now more likely to die at the hands of the armed and angry. This is unacceptable.

 

Jordan’s fate is not an isolated one: He is one of at least 26 children and teens killed in Florida Stand Your Ground cases since 2005. Stand Your Ground laws – also called “shoot first” laws because they empower armed vigilantism – are associated with a clear increase in homicides, resulting in up to 700 more homicides nationwide each year, according to a 2012 study by Texas A&M researchers.

 

Research indicates that Stand Your Ground laws embolden people to shoot when they could have resolved conflicts by using a lesser degree of force or simply walking away. After Florida passed its Stand Your Ground law, its justifiable homicide rate tripled. Over the same time period, the justifiable homicide rate decreased in states that did not pass Stand Your Ground laws.

 

This increase in homicides due to Stand Your Ground laws disproportionately affects communities of color. The Urban Institute found that when white shooters kill black victims, the resulting homicides are 11 times more likely to be deemed justifiable than when the shooter is black and the victim is white.

 

And despite the assertions of Stand Your Ground supporters, the Texas A&M researchers found no evidence that Stand Your Ground laws deter crime.

 

Now that the research on Stand Your Ground laws is clear, states are listening. Though at least seven states had Stand Your Ground legislation pending at the time ofTrayvon Martin’s shooting death in February 2012, not one of those bills became law. Trayvon’s death served a national wake-up call: No additional states have become Stand Your Ground states since. And legislators in at least 11 states have introduced bills to scale back or repeal their laws, and one such reform bill passed in Louisiana.

 

During a recent legislative hearing to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Davis’s mother Lucia McBath, a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action, said, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” Lucia has funneled her grief into activism and moms will continue to fight along side her, committed to undoing the damage these ill-conceived laws have created.

 

American mothers have had enough and we are prepared to go toe-to-toe with our country’s insidious gun lobby. We will stand our ground for children like Jordan Davis and we will not stop until Stand Your Ground laws are rolled back.

 

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