Many upset about Dunn's outcome, continue to rally

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Multiple legal matters remain pending even after the verdict in the high-profile murder trial of Michael Dunn.

On Saturday, a jury found the 47-year-old Brevard County man guilty on four counts of attempted murder and one count of firing deadly missiles.

However, a mistrial was declared on the most severe charge Dunn was facing: first-degree murder.

Dunn was accused of the November 2012 shooting death of Jordan Davis, 17, at a southside Jacksonville gas station.

Davis was in an SUV with three friends when authorities said Dunn fired 10 shots at the vehicle after an argument over the loud music the group was listening to.

Dunn said he opened fire in self-defense because Davis threatened his life and displayed the barrel of a gun through a window. No gun was ever found.

Dunn faces a minimum of 75 years in prison when he's sentenced. The next time he is expected in court is March 24.

State Attorney Angela Corey told reporters she intends to retry the case again after talking with the Davis family over the next few weeks.

"...justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for other victims," she said.

Whether the Davis family wants the state to pursue a new trial remains to be seen, but First Coast News legal analyst Richard Kuritz said it's possible they won't.

He said, "The question is does the Jordan Davis family want to go through this again and there's a real chance the Jordan Davis family doesn't want to go through all of this again."

Kuritz believes a new trial will not be held in Duval County because of the extensive local, national and international media coverage.

"It's not going to stay here. She's going to ask it to stay here. She's even going to try to increase her odds of keeping it here and odds of a conviction by keeping it here, but truly I believe Judge Healey, if he remains on this case, he will change the venue in this case," he said.

Defense attorney Cory Strolla agreed with that notion, but Corey did not.

"We intend to fully push for a trial right here in Jacksonville, Duval County Florida," she told First Coast News.

An appeal on the guilty verdicts is also possible, which Corey acknowledged as a possibility.

She said, "One of the things we've had problems with are with the jury instructions. They are about to change the justified use of deadly force instructions on us again. They also just changed the manslaughter instruction in the middle of this trial. So, any one of those things could cause a retrial on any of the four counts we got a guilty verdict."

Supporters of the Davis family marched at Corey's office following the verdict and demanded her resignation.

Corey tried the case herself, and also faced scrutiny after not getting a conviction in the murder trial of George Zimmerman.

Demonstrators will again gather Monday at noon at the GATE gas station at Baymeadows Road & Southside Boulevard where Davis died.

That event is being organized by Free Marissa Now and the New Jim Crow Movement.


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