JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is expected to take three days to select a jury in the Michael Dunn trial. Dunn is charged in the November 2012 death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
The trial is getting national attention, with local, state and national news organizations covering the case that involves a teen fatally shot following a confrontation involving loud music. Dunn contends the teens in the red SUV with Davis had a gun; police never found a weapon.
Before jury selection got underway Monday morning, Judge Russell Healy held a hearing on the process being used to protect the identity of prospective jurors. First Coast News, along with the Florida Times-Union, argued for an arrangement that allowed media representatives in the courtroom while jurors were being questioned.
The process in place right now allows media to listen to questioning being done from a nearby courtroom. The audio can not be recorded or broadcast.
One hundred prospective jurors are the pool of candidates to sit on the jury. Questioning today focused on what the potential jurors know about the case and whether it would be a hardship being on the jury.
Thirty-six jurors were excused on Monday. Another 30 will be added on Tuesday to bring the pool size to 130. This process will start up at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Judge Healy told the jurors that the jury would be sequestered once the trial gets underway through the jury reaching a verdict. The trial is expected to last until the end of next week.