Professor discusses impact of violence on Dunn jurors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 60 potential jurors in the Michael Dunn trial were asked a list of questions Wednesday. Among the questions: were any of them, or their family impacted by some kind of violence?

Nineteen, about 31 percent responded "yes." Those crimes range from DUI deaths, to armed robbery to murder.

Dunn is accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012.

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a UNF Assistant Professor of Sociology and race expert. She said those victims of violent crime could hear something as simple as one sentence or see one piece of evidence at trial, and be forced to relive their traumatic moments.

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"Anything can happens in these proceedings," Wilder said. "That could just be that trigger moment for someone that is that instant recall piece bringing them back all over again to what happened in their situation."

First Coast News has learned three people who have been impacted by violence in some way have been selected to be among the 12 jurors and 4 alternates.

Dr. Wilder said the experience may not the deciding factor in Dunn's guilt or innocence, but she said could play a part in decision making.

"Is it going to impact whether or not someone thinks Michael Dunn is innocent or guilty? We would hope not," she said. "However, it is going to be a lens of which they view some aspect of this case perhaps."


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