Michael Dunn trial: Opening statements update

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michael David Dunn should be convicted of murder because he "went crazy" and systematically and methodically fired "round after round after round" -- 10 bullets in all -- into a Dodge Durango containing four unarmed black teenagers at a gasoline station parking lot, Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson told jurors Wednesday morning.

"Let me be very clear. On Nov. 23, 2012, this defendant shot and killed Jordan Davis. There was no gun in that Durango. There was no stick. There was no bat. There was no lead pipe. There was no gun," Wolfson said, kicking off closing arguments in Dunn's highly publicized murder trial at the Duval County Courthouse in downtown Jacksonville.

"What was in that Durango was four teenage boys," Wolfson said.

Dunn, 47, a South Patrick Shores software developer, faces charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile. He shot and killed Davis, 17, during a Black Friday dispute over booming rap music at a Gate gasoline station on the south side of Jacksonville.

After today's lunch break, defense attorney Cory Strolla will give his closing statement. Prosecutors will then wrap up their presentation, and Circuit Judge Russell Healey will give jurors instructions.

Jury deliberations could start tonight.

Dunn rented a townhouse at Ocean Residence North, an oceanfront complex roughly a half-mile south of the Pineda Causeway. Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him there the morning after the shooting, and Jacksonville detectives questioned him that afternoon in an interrogation room at the Government Center in Viera.

Dunn testified on the witness stand Tuesday that he feared for his life and fired in self-defense after he saw Davis reach down, pick up something resembling a 12-gauge shotgun, open his door and say, "This (expletive)'s going down now!" That's when Dunn reached for his glovebox, unholstered his handgun, turned and opened fire.

But during cross-examination afterward, Dunn's fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, testified that Dunn never mentioned that he saw a weapon inside the Durango after the shooting -- including their during 2.5 hour drive back home to Brevard County the next morning.

Wolfson told jurors Wednesday that Dunn's "blood started to boil" because of the vehicle-rattling "thug music" coming from the SUV, and he escalated the confrontation and fired in premeditated fashion because a teenager had disrespected him. Afterward, she said Dunn fled the scene, returned to his hotel, ate pizza, walked his dog and poured a stiff drink -- without calling 911 or notifying anyone about the shooting.

"Those are the actions of somebody who intended to kill someone -- and then realized what he did was wrong," Wolfson said.


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