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Tough day in court for father of Jordan Davis

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The hardest day in court so far: That's how the father of Jordan Davis describes a bond hearing Tuesday for the  Michael Dunn, the man accused of murdering his son.

Ron Davis says he locked eyes with Dunn as he stood just a few feet from him.

"I just thank God that God kept me from doing anything to lose my freedom," Davis said.

Jordan Davis was killed after a dispute over loud music. He was shot as he sat in an SUV in the parking lot of a Southside gas station.

According to an affidavit just released Tuesday by the State Attorney's Office, a JSO detective said the SUV Davis and his friends were in drove out of the gas station parking lot into the connected strip mall parking lot after Dunn started firing into their Dodge Durango.
The driver then got out to look at the car and check on everyone and realized Davis was not responsive. The driver backed up into the gas station parking lot.
Court documents say a search of the area and the SUV turned up no weapon on any type.

"Our defense would be that it was our client, Mr. Dunn's belief, that he saw a firearm. The burden is we don't have to prove there was a gun in the car. The way the law states under Florida statute is that if you reasonably believed that your life was in fear of great bodily harm or imminent death or a forcible felony," said Cory Strolla, Dunn's attorney.

In court, a number of people testified on Dunn's behalf that he is not a flight risk.

But the judge is holding off on a ruling to decide if he can be released on bond.

Dunn's next hearing is set for April 9th.

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