Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012, has finally been found by guilty of murder by a Florida Jury — and it only took two attempts.
In November of 2012, Dunn shot Davis while in a convenience store parking lot. Dunn claimed that Davis and his friends were playing their music too loud, but felt threatened when he asked them to turn down the music (because, you know, Black teenagers). As a result, he retrieved his God-given, NRA-supported sidearm, and pumped 10 rounds into an SUV full of unarmed teens. Then, he ordered pizza and went to a motel with his girlfriend to eat it, because that’s what we all do when we’re terrified and we’ve just gunned down an unarmed teeanger.
The original jury couldn’t determine whether Dunn had actually murdered Davis. Dunn claimed “Stand Your Ground”, and since it’s Florida and we’re left to determined that it’s always open season on black teens with hoodies and/or loud music in Florida, the jury was hung.
However, the second time around, the jury was able to conclude that Dunn had murdered Davis, in addition to attempting to murder all of the teenagers in the SUV. This time around, the “stand your ground” defense didn’t fly.
The verdict means that Dunn is facing life in prison.
While the jury was deliberating, the parents of Jordan Davis, Ron Davis and Lucy McBath, took the time to express their gratitude to the prosecution for continuing to pursue the case against Dunn:
“We know they’ve worked very, very hard on behalf of our son,” McBath said. “We’re very grateful. We’re grateful to the citizens of Jacksonville and all the people who’ve stood firmly beside us, praying for us. We’re grateful for that, no matter what verdict we receive.”
Hopefully, it’ll be the maximum verdict possible. This was cold-blooded murder, plan and simple, and he deserves it.
h/t Mother Jones