Treyvon Martin II: Michael Dunn murder trial begins in Florida

Not getting the same media attention of the Trayvon Martin trail.  Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Michael Dunn, who faces first-degree murder charges for the November 2012 death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Angela Corey, the Florida state attorney who prosecuted Mr. Zimmerman, is also the prosecutor in the Dunn trial.

Mr. Dunn, a middle-aged white man, allegedly opened fire on a car with four black teenagers in it at a Jacksonville, Florida, gas station. The boys were apparently blasting music, and when Dunn asked them to turn it down, they responded angrily. Dunn has said he felt threatened and thought he saw someone point a gun at him through the back window, so he opened fire. No gun was found in the boys’ car, and none of the witnesses to the altercation noticed a gun.

“This case has never been about loud music. This case is about a local thug threatening to kill me because I dared to ask him to turn the music down,” Dunn wrote in a letter to First Coast News, a local television station, in the fall. “When Mr. Davis opened his door and said, ‘You’re DEAD expletive! This expletive is going down NOW,’ I was convinced that the loss of my life was imminent, I had no choice but to defend myself, I am NOT a murderer. I am a survivor.”

Dunn’s lawyer has filed motions in the case asking that the judge in the Jacksonville courtroom not allow references to that letter or similar letters in which Dunn referred to Jordan as a “thug,” and has also requested that the judge not allow the prosecution to refer to Jordan as a “victim” during the trial.

Jordan’s parents,  Ron Davis  and Lucia McBath, have been active since their son’s death, urging greater gun control and alterations to stand-your-ground laws. They plan to attend the trial.

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