Jury selection started yesterday in the case of the Jacksonville, Florida, teen Jordan Davis, shot and killed by a white man who had protested the loud hip-hop music emanating from the car where Davis was a passenger. The man, Michael Dunn, 47, claimed Davis, 17, seemed to brandish a shotgun, so he took his pistol from the glove compartment and shot him dead. Now he faces murder charges. The shotgun was never found.
The New York Times has its latest “Op-Doc” up on online (see below), a video commentary on the case, with an interview with Davis’s father and excerpts from the jail house interview with Dunn. He is offering a Stand Your Ground defense. Davis had no arrest record.
Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla of West Palm Beach, said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that his client “feels that he was the victim of a political system pressured to appease a certain body of constituents.”
“It has been a very long and tenuous year for my client, spent in isolation in the Duval County jail. Mr. Dunn has been continually threatened, harassed and tormented by inmates for over a year now, and has received almost no mental health counseling by staff,” Strolla wrote.
Angela Corey, the state’s attorney in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial, is also prosecuting this case. Unlike Zimmerman, Dunn fled the scene and was not arrested until the following day.
A local TV station last week released excerpts from letters Dunn has written while in prison with racial comments. Here’s one:
It’s spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs.… This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.
The Times video posted today: