State rests case in Michael Dunn trial

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The State of Florida rested in the first degree murder trial of Michael Dunn, having presented 24 witnesses over four days.

The state's final witness was also one of the most exhaustively questioned, former Medical Examiner Dr. Stacy Simmons, who was on the stand from about 10:30 a.m. until noon Monday.


Simmons' testimony was accompanied by graphic evidence, including autopsy photos of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and clothing penetrated by bullet holes.

Davis' parents were not in the courtroom for the testimony.

At least one juror appeared to react to the graphic images, repeatedly putting his hand over his mouth.

Defense Attorney Cory Strolla questioned Dr. Simmons aggressively, as he has most previous witnesses. Their exchanges were sometimes tense, as he challenged Simmons' training, and suggested she may have been given bad information by police.

Strolla asked her more than once if she was familiar with the phrase, "garbage in, garbage out."

The court took a longer than usual recess at noon, with Judge Russell Healey saying he needed to discuss matters with both lawyers. Court resumed at 1:30 p.m., at which point Strolla began presenting defense witnesses.

It is not yet clear if he intends to put Michael Dunn on the stand, though several experts, including First Coast News legal analyst Mark O'Mara, have said they think he may have to in order to establish a claim of self-defense.

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