Jury in Dunn trial could begin deliberating Tuesday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jury deliberations could begin late Tuesday in the high-profile murder trial of Michael Dunn.

The 47-year-old Brevard County man is charged with the November 2012 fatal shooting of Jordan Davis, 17.

Prosecutors contend the gunfire stemmed from an argument over loud music at a gas station on Jacksonville's south side.

On Monday, the state rested its case after calling its final three witnesses. In all, 24 witnesses testified for the state over four days, including a former Duval County associate medical examiner, provided such graphic testimony that Davis' parents left the courtroom.

Defense Attorney Cory Strolla was able to call three witnesses, including Davis' father, Ron, after an extended lunch break Monday.

It's expected Strolla will rest his case on Tuesday after calling at least one more witness. However, it's possible he will put Dunn on the stand as well.

Some legal experts believe Dunn should testify to help bolster his self-defense claim and get the jury to hear about the shooting in his own words.

However, putting Dunn on the stand opens himself up to cross-examination by prosecutors.

Should Strolla rest his case on Tuesday, closing arguments would follow before the judge handed the case to the jury of 12 men and women.

Dunn is also facing attempted murder charges because Davis was with three other teenagers when authorities said he began firing at the SUV they were inside of.


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