Loud music killing jury deliberates for second day

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting of a teen after an argument over loud music said Thursday that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict in his trial.

Michael Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, said that waiting for a verdict is the hard part of the trial.

"From day one, his attitude has been we have the truth. We will prevail," Strolla said.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder, though jurors could also consider second-degree murder and manslaughter as options for a conviction.

On Thursday, the 12 jurors asked to see a mannequin and sticks that had been used by prosecutors in the courtroom to reconstruct the angle of the shots that hit the victim. Circuit Judge Russell Healey denied the request, saying the props were only used for demonstrative purposes and weren't entered into evidence.

A short time later, jurors asked for an easel and paper, and an hour after that they asked when Dunn had written a jailhouse letter in which he recounted his version of events. The answer was July 2013.

Jurors returned Thursday for their second day of deliberations after working for three hours the previous day.

Dunn claims he shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in self-defense outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. But prosecutors told jurors Dunn shot the teen because he felt disrespected by Davis. Davis had the music in his SUV turned back up after a friend complied with Dunn's request to turn the volume down.

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