WXIA reports a 12-member jury comprised of seven white men, three white women, one black man and one black woman found Dunn guilty of first degree murder Wednesday after 4.5 hours of deliberations in a retrial.
Juror deliberations began Wednesday morning. Circuit Judge Russell Healey decided to keep one alternate juror sequestered, at least for the day, in case a problem arose. Jurors began deliberations in the case Wednesday morning.
The retrial verdict caps off a two-year effort to bring Dunn to justice by the Florida State Attorneys’ Office. In trying to obtain a conviction for Dunn in Davis’ death, the office prosecuted two high profile trials. Dunn was accused of killing the 17-year-old in 2012 after a dispute over loud music, according to media sources.
During Dunn’s first trial in February, WXIA noted the state argued Dunn’s actions after the shooting – failing to call police, returning to his hotel with his fiancé for pizza and a cocktail – showed indifference to his crime and victim.
“All of his actions are consistent with what?” assistant state attorney John Guy asked jurors. “With guilt.”
Dunn’s attorney Waffa Hanania countered Guy’s argument with claims that Dunn legitimately felt fear and as a result, acted upon that fear, within the legal scope of self-defense. Hoffman went on to accuse Davis’ friends of lying to protect Davis’ reputation, and to cover the fact “that Jordan Davis escalated this situation where he ended up dead.”
On Tuesday, Dunn testified that he shot at the teens’ SUV because he feared for his life. Dunn claimed Davis issued insults and threats of violence, and was stepping out of his vehicle with what Dunn believed was a gun when he grabbed his own handgun and began firing.
As for why he didn’t call police that night, Dunn testified that his fiancé wanted to go home, and he wanted to face a more familiar local police in Satellite Beach, instead of dealing with Jacksonville law enforcement.
In Dunn’s original murder trial in February, another jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on the first-degree murder charge.
The latest trial proved to be a different story as the jury convicted Dunn of three counts of second-degree attempted murder and one count of shooting or throwing deadly missiles for firing at Davis’ three teenage companions inside a red Dodge Durango.
Although Dunn faces at least 60 years in prison, he hasn’t been sentenced at this time. For coverage of the retrial verdict, check out the video below: