Jury selection in Michael Dunn trial enters second day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jury selection for the murder trial of Michael Dunn will enter its second day on Tuesday at the Duval County Courthouse.

Dunn, 47, is accused of fatally shooting Jordan Davis, 17, at a Jacksonville gas station after a fight over loud music in 2012.

The first day of jury selection on Monday saw 100 potential jurors questioned about everything from prior knowledge of the high-profile case to social media habits.

So far, Judge Russell Healey has dismissed 46 potential jurors and called back nearly 40 for additional questioning. About 20 will be questioned further first thing in the morning.

Court is scheduled to resume at 8:15 a.m., which is 45 minutes earlier than Monday's start time.

Lawyers are attempting to find a pool of 12 people to determine Dunn's fate. Four alternates will also be chosen. All of them are going to be sequestered.

Meantime, the public and media are being shut out of jury selection.

Only reporters are being allowed into an overflow courtroom on the fourth floor, where they can listen to an audio feed of the questioning.

According to First Coast News staffers, the feed is hard to understand. At times, they said it wasn't even possible to hear lawyers and potential jurors talking.

Attorney George Gabel with Holland & Knight said the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled all criminal trials are supposed to be open to the public.

The First District Court of Appeals has also ruled in favor of local media when it comes to the state turning over several pieces of discovery evidence.

The state has yet to do so.


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