Michael Dunn, the man accused of killing a 17-year-old unarmed black teen, has been found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder, but the jury was hung on the most serious charge of first degree murder.
Dunn fired into a car full of black teens in Florida who were playing their music loud at a gas station after he got into a confrontation with them and claimed he felt that his life was in danger. He testified that he thought he saw a gun aimed at him, however, the teens were unarmed.
Dunn fired 10 shots into the vehicle, nine hitting the car, one killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn contended that he felt a "clear and present danger" for his life; prosecutors contend he just felt the teens had dissed him after ignoring his order to turn down their music.
After the shooting, Dunn went back to his hotel, ordered pizza, and went to sleep. He did not call police.
A mistrial was declared on the first degree murder charge over the killing of Davis. Although the case echoed that of the George Zimmerman case, with it happening in Florida, and the Stand Your Ground law being debated again, and the teens being black and unarmed, unlike Zimmerman, Dunn is not getting off scot-free.
Despite the hung jury on one charge, Dunn now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison for each charge he was found guilty of, and would have to serve them consecutively.
Davis' mother, Lucia McBath, expressed gratitude for the verdict, despite the deadlock on one count. Dunn will be retried on the first degree murder charge.
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