Davis family still 'hopeful' after deliberation day 3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of Jordan Davis is prepared for whatever verdict a jury might deliver in the murder trial of the teen's accused killer.

"We're still feeling hopeful," said Lucia McBath, Jordan's mother, after the jury finished deliberating for a third day on Friday. "No matter what, we're always going to feel hopeful because we know the truth and we know that the world knows the truth and that's what we'll always stand on."

Davis, according to prosecutors, was fatally shot by Michael Dunn, 47, for playing rap music too loud at a south side gas station in November 2012. Dunn claims self-defense.

Jacksonville attorney John Phillips said on Thursday afternoon in the media staging area outside the Duval County Courthouse, that Davis' family gained strength from its relationship with Trayvon Martin's family.

"This family is strong. I never really had to prepare them for the worst case scenario. They're ready. They understand. They lived it through Trayvon's family. They knew Trayvon's family when that verdict came down and they've talked to them this week," Phillips said.

Martin was another African American teenager who was fatally shot in Florida in a case that also received national and international attention. His accused killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted.

Dunn is facing first-degree murder charges and three counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors said he fired 10 shots at an SUV containing Davis and three of his friends. Three bullets struck and killed the Wolfson High School student.

A jury of five men and seven women ended its third day of deliberation on Friday in deciding the Brevard County man's fate. Phillips said the Davis family is spending time in prayer, hoping for justice.

"It's kind of out of their hands at this point. They're doing okay, but they're reliving the most tragic night of their lives," Phillips said Thursday.

First Coast News asked Phillips how the family might react if Dunn is convicted on a lesser charge. It's possible the jury will convict Dunn of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

He said, "Murder two is murder. Anything that puts this man in jail for the rest of his life is justice."

If convicted on first-degree murder, Dunn faces life in prison. Dunn's family has not stopped to comment to the media after each day of deliberations this week.

After the jury did not come back with a verdict on Friday, Jordan Davis' father Ronald said the jury is trying to make sure they are being thorough.

"They're working hard trying to make a just decision and no matter what – some family is going to smile and some family is going to cry," Davis said Thursday.

Whatever verdict the jury returns, Ronald Davis wants people to be mindful of others in their reactions.

"I hope the reaction would be respectful of each other's feelings."

Davis said they hoped the jury's verdict would not be returned on Sunday, what would have been Jordan Davis' 19th birthday. But he realizes it is a possibility.

"We don't really want the jury's verdict to come down on his birthday but it may be that way," he said.

"We believe we'll be able to celebrate it joyfully," McBath said of her son's birthday.


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