Michael Dunn was arrested in Brevard County for a Jacksonville warrant on murder and attempted murder charges
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The daughter of the suspect in the Friday gas station shooting death of a 17-year-old paints a very different picture of her dad and said he's not a murderer.
Michael Dunn's 20-year-old daughter, Rebecca, said she went numb when she got a phone call from her uncle explaining what had happened and she said her heart goes out to Jordan Davis' family.
"He got threatened and had to do what he had to do, and it's sad, so sad," Rebecca Dunn said. "A terrible tragedy on both sides. It really is. I don't know. What are you going to do in that situation? You don't know what you are going to do. He just reacted."
On Sunday, First Coast News' camera captured his family and friends praying at his home in Satellite Beach. Rebecca said her family is rallying behind her dad.
"I just want them to know he's a good person. He's a good father. Everyone in his life loves him and everyone who met him, all of my friends are praying for him," said Rebecca Dunn. "That shows you he is a good person. He's super smart. He does computer software and he's so funny, nice, outgoing and he loves life.
Rebecca said her father loves boating, riding motorcycles and flying planes.
As Davis' family is preparing to lay him to rest, Dunn, who is charged with his murder, is awaiting extradition back to Jacksonville.
Appearing before a judge in Brevard County, Dunn pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge and an attempted murder charge. Dunn is being held without bond and is expected to moved to Jacksonville within 72 hours.
Dunn's attorney Robin Lemonidis said he acted in self defense and the truth has not yet been made public.
"I can only say that he acted responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under the same circumstances," Lemonidis said.
Investigators say that Dunn was upset over loud music coming from the SUV that Davis and his friends were in.
Police say Davis and his friends had left the St. Johns Town Center on Black Friday and around 7:40 p.m. and stopped at the Gate gas station at Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road.
Davis was in the backseat of a red SUV with his friends and police say Dunn, who was parked next to them, got into a confrontation with them over their loud music.
Police say Dunn fired 8 or 9 shots at the SUV, striking Davis several times, before driving off. Davis was unarmed, according to police.
Dunn's attorney said Dunn's girlfriend, Rhonda Rouer, who is not facing any charges, had run into the gas station to get a bottle of wine when shots were fired.
They had just left Dunn's son's wedding reception when they stopped at the gas station.
Dunn was arrested the next morning in Brevard County.
First Coast News has learned that in 2007 when he was on his way back to Jacksonville, he claimed he accidentally veered into restricted air space at the Kennedy Space Center
That brought out federal officials and bomb sniffing dogs who thought the wayward plan might have been an act of terrorism.
Dunn was never charged.
As for Davis' family, they
plan to start a foundation in his memory. According to the funeral home's website
, Jordan Davis' family is going to create a foundation for at-risk students that suffer from tragedies.
First Coast News