*Juror #4 in the loud music murder trial has come forward, telling ABC News that she wanted to convict Michael Dunn of first degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. (Click through to watch.)
While Dunn, 47, was found guilty on several counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing on other teens in the car, the jury was deadlocked on whether or not Dunn murdered Davis or felt he was reacting to a threat.
Because they couldn’t come to a decision, a mistrial was called which has led to outrage across the nation from those who feel Davis’ death did not receive justice and may have been motivated by race.
Three of the jurors believed Dunn feared for himself and his fiancee, while juror #4, who calls herself Valerie, and the rest of the jury were “100 percent sure” he didn’t need to react with shooting Davis.
“We looked at a lot of evidence – and myself, it was where the gunshots were, the timing. Could he have had other options? To me, [the shooting] was unnecessary,” she told ABC News. Instead, Valerie believes Dunn could have rolled-up his window, driven away or ignored the teens’ loud music.
“A life was taken. There is no longer a Jordan Davis, and there is only one reason why that is. The boy was shot and killed for reasons that should not have happened,” she said. “Folks don’t know the law. It’s not that we didn’t value Mr. Davis’ life. We had to make a choice.”
Dunn will face at least 60 years in prison when he is sentenced for the other crimes relating to the incident.