Judge Healey's order would allow documents and jail calls to be released, but it could take 9 weeks and cost media outlets almost $9,000.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A protracted battle for public records moved ahead today – just slightly – when Duval County Judge Russell Healey issued an order in the case.
The judge denied a January motion to keep records sealed in the case, theoretically allowing documents -- including witness information and jail calls -- to be made public to local media. But according to lawyers for local media, including First Coast News, it could take as long as 9 weeks and cost as much as $6,000 to obtain those records.
Dunn is accused of first degree murder in the November 2012 death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. While awaiting trial at the Duval County Jail, Dunn wrote controversial letters -- some of which have gone viral. That prompted Healey to clamp down on future discovery-related releases, saying he would not release documents or video without reviewing them first.
Andrew Capasoo reports on the Michael Dunn court documents released.
First Coast News and our news partner The Florida Times-Union filed motions to un-seal and un-redact some documents related to the trial. Other local media joined the effort.
On December 18, Florida's 1st District Court of Appeals unanimously granted a request by Jacksonville media outlets and overturned Healey's decision to delay the release of those public records in Dunn's trial.
Jury selection for Dunn's second-degree murder trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 3. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.