After closing arguments, Dunn jury gets case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Wednesday, the defense and the State gave closing arguments in the Michael Dunn trial before Judge Russell Healey turned the case over to the jury just after 5 p.m.

The jury deliberated for three hours before asking to see video from the Gate gas station and decided to conclude for the night. The jury will continue deliberations at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Those jurors were identified more clearly Wednesday, as Healey ran through the revised juror numbers, clarifying for the first time which of the original pool of 62 corresponded with the re-assigned juror numbers of 1-16.

Prosecution talks of Dunn's "rage," defense details lack of thorough search

The State's first closing argument was presented Wednesday morning by Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson, who hammered Dunn for "shooting into a car of unarmed teenagers" on Nov. 23, 2012, then leaving the scene without calling police. She insisted that the incident arose out of "his rage."

"This defendant was disrespected by a 17-year-old teenager," Wolfson proclaimed, dramatically pointing at Dunn, "and he lost it!"

Wolfson also hit hard at the fact that Dunn's fiancé said Dunn never told her that he saw a gun or any kind of weapon, as he claims.

"Wouldn't that be the first thing you'd tell the love of your life when she gets back in car?" Wolfson asked jurors. "'I shot someone, but they pointed a gun at me.' ... Wouldn't that be the bit she remembers the most?"

During his closing argument, Dunn's attorney Cory Strolla attempted to poke holes in the state's case, noting the elapsed time between the incident and law enforcement's more thorough search of the area. "They never checked the bushes, they never checked the dumpster," he told them. "Nov. 23: no search. Nov. 24: no search. Nov. 25: no search. Nov 26: no search."

Assistant State Attorney John Guy, who presented the state's final closing argument, said that it was Dunn's own failure to report the incident to police that prevented a more thorough search of the area for the weapon Dunn alleges he saw.

"If he was truly asking in self defense, he wouldn't have been running from everybody," Guy said.

Judge Russell Healey ran through the revised juror numbers today, clarifying for the first time which of the original pool of 62 corresponded with the re-assigned juror numbers of 1-16.

Because the court reassigned numbers of the selected jurors the day of jury selection, it was not clear until today which of the original 62 occupied which seats.

Potential outcomes for Dunn

The jurors who will eventually decide Dunn's fate just upstairs have several charges to pick from. One defense lawyer tells First Coast News that getting to a verdict can be a long, stressful process on these 12 people making such a big decision.

Defense Attorney Justin Stevens, who has also been a prosecutor, said the jury has a lot to think about -- especially since there's so many eyes on this case.

"In the end, they're going to be affecting this individual's life -- for the rest of their lives," Stevens said.

Here are possible outcomes the jury could decide upon after deliberating:

-If Dunn is convicted on first degree murder, that means the jury thinks Dunn deliberately thought about, and meant to kill Jordan Davis.

-If Dunn is convicted of second degree murder, that means the jury thinks Dunn did something so dangerous, it was possible Davis could have died.

-Finally, there is manslaughter: If Dunn's convicted on this charge, that means Dunn shot Davis without the intent to kill him.

-There's also lesser offenses of all these charges, like attempted first or second degree murder when it comes to the other victims in the SUV.

There's also a simple charge Dunn faces -- shooting at a vehicle.

Stevens said there's a lot of factors that play into deliberations. On top of the days of evidence, there's emotion.

"There have been many times I've heard jurors screaming at one another in the deliberation room because they're so invested on what they think," Stevens said.

Even the desire to get home for the first time in more than a week.

"I would think if I were on the jury and I were living in a hotel room and not able to go back home, I'd want to get this done as quickly as possible," he said.

Stevens added those jurors should all know how important this is, so despite the stress and emotion, it's critical they take their time before coming up with a verdict.

Jurors stopped deliberating Wednesday night and will start Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Many FCN analysts -- including Stevens -- say a verdict should come sometime Thursday.

New Black Panther Party rally planned for Thursday

The New Black Panther Party has planned to rally Thursday morning to demand Dunn receives the death penalty.

The Thursday morning event is slated to take place in front of the Duval County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m., according to a release from the New Black Panther Party. The NBPP release suggests the shooting death of Jordan Davis was racially motivated and makes statements such as, "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."

The rally will be symbolic in nature, since the case of the State of Florida vs. Michael Dunn is not a death penalty case, as repeatedly stated by Judge Healey and State Attorney Angela Corey during the jury selection process.


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