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Michael Dunn, accused in Jordan Davis' death, refuses to be served civil suit paperwork

7:24 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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Michael Dunn is arrested in Brevard County for a Jacksonville warrant on murder and attempted murder charges.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man accused of killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis refused to be served paperwork on Tuesday.

The server hired by attorney John Phillips, who is representing Davis' parents and two of the teens in the car with him the night he was killed, came to the Duval County Jail to serve 45-year-old Michael Dunn with summons for two civil lawsuits.

He said Dunn was alone in a small cell and the guard managed to get him to come out.
    
But Randall Hoke said what happened next is something that has never happened in his 20 years of serving paperwork.

"He came out and was face to face with me on the other side of the glass and I explained to him as the guards were there, this was a 20-day summons attached to the lawsuits, etc., and you're being served. And that was pretty much his answer: 'No,' as he stared you down and just said 'You're not serving me.'"

Hoke said he's never had an inmate refused to be served. But when someone does refuse a server can leave the paperwork at their feet or right by them.
    
The problem here according to Hoke is that the guard refused to let him leave the paperwork so there is some question as to whether or not Dunn has really been served.
    
Phillips said he's not sure what he's going to do yet but may have to wait until Dunn appears in open court on February 19 to serve him.
    
We called Dunn's attorney but he hasn't returned our call. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith said the policy is if an inmate refuses to be served, then the jail will make a copy of the summons and put it in that inmate's file so the inmate is technically served.

Smith said they are looking into that to see if that indeed happened today.

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