State requests May retrial for Michael Dunn

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On the heels of a mistrial for Michael Dunn on a first-degree charge, the state is requesting a May date for a retrial.

That request will have to be acted on the by the court. State Attorney Angela Corey, following Dunn's conviction on three counts of attempted murder, said she would like the murder retrial to be held in Jacksonville.

A jury following thirty hours of deliberations was deadlocked on the murder charge, resulting in a mistrial on that charge. Dunn was charged in connection with the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Police say the shooting at a Southside convenience store parking lot in November of 2012 was triggered by loud music.

Davis's parents have publicly said following Saturday's verdict they want a retrial on the murder charge.

The Clerk of Courts Office is still working on tallying the expense of the first trial that lasted two weeks from jury selection to verdict. The expenses would include the cost of sequestering the jury and additional courthouse security.

The trial that attracted national attention has locals mixed on wither a retrial is necessary since Dunn currently faces a prison sentence of 75 years. The Brevard County man is 47 years old.

"We already know he is never getting out, so let it go," said Leslie Hadrin, who followed the trial and is a mother of four.

Bill Bain, who who lays carpet for living, said outside the courthouse he agrees with the need for a re-trial.

"Absolutely should, don't think justice was done right. Definitely needs to go back to trial," he said.

Dunn is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24.


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