Michael Dunn, Man Who Shot Teen Over Loud Music, Invokes "Stand Your Ground" Law

Categories: Crime
michaeldunn.jpg
Michael Dunn
Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville gas station over loud music, now tells police that he acted in self defense and shot the teen because he felt threatened. Some legal experts theorize that Dunn and his attorney will likely try and present a defense based on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law.

Dunn, a resident of Satellite Beach, Florida and his girlfriend were in Jacksonville to attend his son's wedding. Davis and his friends, including his own girlfriend, has stopped at the gas station after a trip to the mall. Both were waiting outside the Gate gas station on Friday night while each of their girlfriends were inside buying something.

According to police, Dunn was upset that the car Davis and several of his friends were in was blasting loud music. A confrontation ensued and Dunn pulled out a gun and fired 8 or 9 time. The bullets fatally struck the teen.

Now, Dunn's attorney claims that he felt threatened and was acting in self defense.

Dunn's attorney Robin Lemonidis told CNN that her client saw a gun barrel through the car's window and that Davis and his friends had directed a string of profanities at him. That's why he apparently pulled out a gun and killed Davis.

"When all the evidence has been flushed out, I believe that it will be extremely clear that Mr. Dunn acted as any responsible firearm owner would have under the same circumstances," says Lemonidis.

There were no guns found inside the teens' SUV, according to The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department.

Dunn and his girlfriend then fled the scene. Lemonidis claims they were worried that they had encountered gang members.

The attorney's claims have many speculating that Dunn could use the "Stand Your Grand" law to defend himself in court. Though, few expect the defense to hold up.

"Mr. Dunn is going to have to answer the question, 'Why did you not call the sheriff's office? If you are reasonably protecting yourself, why did you leave the scene, get in the car, and the next day, flee the jurisdiction of Duval County?" Jacksonville Attorney Gene Nichols tells News4Jax.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.
My Voice Nation Help
41 comments
jbeechel
jbeechel

Regardless of what this guy had in his mind, I find it insulting for his attorney to say that Dunn did what "any responsible firearm owner would have under the same circumstance".

As a concealed carrier and an active advocate of 2nd Amendment and self defense rights, I call BS.Do I think that Dunn felt threatened and may have been in reasonable fear of his life? No idea. Haven't seen any evidence and would really like to see the security camera's before deciding what the situation was like.

So if I don't know if he was in reasonable fear for his life, how can I say it bull**** that he did what any reasonable firearm owner would have? Because a reasonable firearm owner would not have started the confrontation to begin with - at least none that I know.

As a concealed carrier I have a responsibility to de-escalate a situation and extricate myself from a situation if I can. It's not a legal responsibility, it's a moral one. I don't carry to be tough; I carry to defend myself, my friends, and my family - that's it.

A friend of mine wrote a very good piece on it discussing the mindset of a carrier from his point of view. Before you clump us all together, take a moment to read it:http://www.easybakegunclub.com/blog/491/Because-I-Carry-a-Gun.html

cmbrow6
cmbrow6

Wait till everyone starts "standing their ground"

Florida's bass ackwards anyway

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

Anybody can PLEAD anything in a court of law no matter how ridiculous it sounds which is why it's the JUDGES JOB TO INTERPRET AND APPLY THE LAW ACCORDINGLY. The "Stand Your Ground Law" clearly DOES NOT apply here and it's obvious Dunn has been duped by another money hungry attorney trying to make a name for himself by piggy backing off the publicity generated by the the Trayvon Martin case. He initiated the confrontation, he fired the weapon and left the scene. (He MIGHT have had a case had he not left the scene and waited for law enforcement) Dunn is going down for second degree murder, case closed. If there were laws for sending people to jail or shooting them for talking trash to others, the cell blocks and the cemeteries wouldl be pretty full.

FrauBlucher
FrauBlucher

If the guy had no gun and didn't assume the teens had one, maybe they would have punched each other...and no one would have died. Of course, we don't know for sure and never will know. But there are simply too many ignorant, hotheaded, irresponsible and racist idiots with access to deadly weapons.

sysyphus1138
sysyphus1138

"Why can't we all just learn to get along"? This is why. When others violate our space they are assaulting us. Humans are different; we have different breaking points. If you want to force your music into other people's ears and then refuse to stop doing it you are picking a fight. You are then running the risk that your adversary is a bigger idiot that you are. Dunn snapped, he went bonkers, and Davis learned his lesson the hard way. Life goes on. Dunn's mistake, IMHO, is that he should have shot the CD player (or whatever) and killed it instead of the other idiot.

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

Whoever drafted that law is a dumbfuck. Worse....those who aproved it, are racist dumbfucks.

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

He didnt choose the thug life, the thug life chose him.

Michael Fiorellino
Michael Fiorellino

I wonder if Michael Dunn would have felt threatened if country music would have been playing at an extremely loud level.

Cully Waggoner
Cully Waggoner

The Stand Your Ground Law was never meant to be a license to execute somebody, but that’s the way it is being applied. This case is not that much different than George Zimmerman’s in that a white guy with a gun confronted a black teen and then claimed to be threatened and shot the teen to death. Yet, a black woman fires warning shots into a ceiling after her known to be abusive husband who was beating her up in her own home and now she’s facing 20 years in jail. Michael Dunn needs to be charged with Second Degree Murder and serve jail time, this case is not stand your ground.

Sisey Stonecypher
Sisey Stonecypher

I dont get it. Why people feel the need to tell others what to do. Dont like the loud music. Leave get your gas and go. Take a life over loud music thats just sad. Now spend your life in the prison system ! P.S. It could have been anyones child out riding around with a group of friends. And someone mouths off. Does mouthing off justify killing someone ?

Gustavo Rey
Gustavo Rey

Heyy,maybe he really wanted to use his new piece - and the kids happen to be there, Merica!!

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

"When all the evidence has been flushed out, I believe that it will be extremely clear that Mr. Dunn acted as any responsible firearm owner would have under the same circumstances," Yeah, right. Eight or nine shots is not "responsible". No matter the situation.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

People should look at the charge rule in basketball. If you're standing your ground (planted) you can stay there, but you cannot get into somebody else's ground and claim you're standing your groun.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

This guy is done. Second degree murder, 25 to life.

Dirk DeSouza
Dirk DeSouza

His mugshot illustrates explicit rage, not teary remorse. Exhibit A.

juanfona
juanfona

This is why "stand your ground" is flawed.  So as a gun owner you can provoke people because you don't like their music. Most people when provoked will respond.  Davis responded after being provoked and now this piece of human garage fires on the teen and claims "stand your ground."  Bullshit! This man must pay for what he did or we will see more murders like this. 

Mercy Mercy-Me
Mercy Mercy-Me

great. now you can murder black kids in Florida and use the SYG card. it's the new temporary insanity plea. motherf*cker. both him and zimmerman better fry.

Eddie Suarez
Eddie Suarez

so confront someone because you don't like the loud music then pull a gun out and shoot them because you feel threatened? That makes perfect sense.

Tanya C Davis
Tanya C Davis

because firing 8 shots into a car of "intimidating" unarmed black kids is totally legit

Britney_Lace
Britney_Lace

@MiamiNewTimes This guys is a piece of shit. Since when did awful music become grounds for murder!?

foxmadisondental
foxmadisondental

@sysyphus1138 your stupid Dunn went up to his car which he shouldn't have. he and others walk to the store and heard the music mind your own business that what that mean. being in Florida i see the confederate flag do i tell them to take it down no i keep walking this is america you are free to play your music no else comp[lain except this a hole

cmbrow6
cmbrow6

@sysyphus1138 @sysyphus1138 or simply driven away? I've minded my own business when an idiot decides to sit next to my child & I & puff on a cigarette. Maybe next time instead of walking away, I'll shoot the little smoking stick

foxmadisondental
foxmadisondental

@Ru Ru H was he really a thug just because his music was loud Spanish people play there music loud what does that mean?

GrowUp
GrowUp

Are you ASSuming it's murder because a biased publication is babyfeeding you vague details about what happened?

sysyphus1138
sysyphus1138

@foxmadisondental @sysyphus1138 But..but... Davis is  d e a d  and Dunn is in the slammer. So, apparently, you have missed something- like, if we all minded our own business, we wouldn't need guns, but we don't, so we do. Hmmmm???

Everybody has bad days. That is part of being Human.

Peace!

sysyphus1138
sysyphus1138

@cmbrow6 First ask him to leave. Most smokers will gladly put it out or walk away. If he gets rude, shoot his smoking stick. That will help him to quit smoking :-)

Seriously, if you keep giving in, idiots will be encouraged to live in ignorance. Until the dark day comes when they meet someone like Dunn. From what I read about this story, Davis had a choice, too. He chose to force his will upon others. That is not nice, be it cigarettes, music, sex, or bad smells... good manners are always approriate, don't you think?

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

@GrowUp And of course you know exactly what happened, right?

omarlondon42
omarlondon42

@sysyphus1138 What world do you live in where you believe most of the people you run into on a day-to-day basis are good-mannered. The world, as a whole, is an evil place, and teenaged immaturity is something that we have to deal with. Still not an excuse to kill someone because of it, esp. when more "RESPONSIBLE" actions could have been taken.
 

Now Trending

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...