JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CNN) — A Florida jury was unable to agree on whether Michael Dunn committed first-degree murder when he killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012. That was the most serious charge Dunn faced.
However, the jury did find him guilty on three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting into a car.
Dunn shot at an SUV carrying Davis and three of his friends, after an argument over loud music in a Jacksonville parking lot.
Dunn and his lawyers claimed the 47-year-old acted in self-defense, fearing for his and his girlfriend’s safety,
Attorney: You thought everyone in the car was a thug or a gangster, right?
Dunn: After the way they behaved, yes I did.
The prosecution set out to dismantle the self-defense argument.
“This defendant took it upon himself to silence Jordan Davis forever. Even people who have the right to self defense, do not have the right to take the life of a child when that self defense is unreasonable,” prosecutor Erin Wolfson said.
Prior to the verdict, Dunn’s attorney said he believed his client got a fair trial — but hoped the jury recognized his client’s position.
“It was actually Jordan Davis who escalated it, and when my client didn’t react and actually went to talk to him, that’s when it got worse,” Dunn’s defense attorney Cory Strolla said.
The 12 person jury deliberated for over 30 hours for four days.