JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Moments of drama interrupted long stretches of deliberate questioning as opening arguments began Thursday afternoon in the first degree murder trial of Michael Dunn.
Before a mostly full courtroom on the fourth floor of the Duval County Courthouse, Chief Assistant State Attorney John Guy made opening statements before State Attorney Angela Corey took over questioning most witnesses. Beginning with a dramatic account of the events of November 2012, Guy told jurors that Dunn killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis because he was "fueled by anger and intent."
Speaking quietly and standing close to jurors, Guy offered a version of events in which Dunn callously killed the teen, then went home, ordered a pizza "and poured a tall drink."
"For 17 years, the blood that ran so naturally through Jordan Davis' veins and arteries was now pouring out of him," Guy told jurors.
Dunn, previously seen in court wearing a suit or orange jumpsuit, today had a softer look -- dark green sweater over a tie and white button down. His attorney, Cory Strolla, offered vigorous opening remarks, baiting Guy.
"No matter how softly Mr. Guy wants to talk or how slowly he wants to tell you," he told jurors, "it's not evidence." He painted a very different version of events, one in which Dunn felt threatened, saw a weapon and fired to defend himself. He suggested the teens hid a weapon, and that police failed to properly secure or even search the Gate gas station site for four days.
Prosecutor Angela Corey called several witnesses, including Davis' girlfriend, two cashiers at the Gate gas station where the shooting occurred, and a witness who initially left the scene because he feared police, but returned after his girlfriend slapped him and made him.
Witness Andrew Williams, who performed CPR on Davis, offered some of the most emotional testimony of the day, getting choked up as he described using his lifeguard training to try to save the teen.
Judge Russell Healey told jurors that he plans to run court roughly 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
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