Michael Dunn: Jury Reaches Partial Verdict, Possible Mistrial Looms

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UPDATE: 2/15/14, 7:02 P.M. EST

Michael Dunn, 47, has been found guilty of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile.

A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

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UPDATE: 2/15/14, 6:14 P.M. EST

The jury asked the judge whether the entire case will end in mistrial if they can’t decide on the 1st-degree murder charge.

Judge Healey again clarifies that a mistrial will only be declared on the 1st degree murder charge, not all five counts.

The confusion stems from the language of the Allen charge, which states “case,” not “count.”

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UPDATE: 2/15/14, 4:53 P.M. EST

The jury has reached a verdict on 4 counts, but can’t decide on count one. Count one is the murder charge which would make Dunn face life in prison for killing Jordan Davis. The judge has sent them back to deliberate further. If they are unable to come to a consensus, the judge will call a mistrial on the 1st degree murder charge.

Read more from USA TODAY:

After nearly 30 hours of jury deliberations, Circuit Judge Russell Healey announced at 4:40 p.m. Saturday that the jury had reached a verdict on four of the five counts in Michael David Dunn’s murder trial.

However, jurors said they could not reach a unanimous verdict on Count 1 — first-degree murder — or any of the lesser offenses related to it. Healey brought the jurors into the courtroom and asked them to try again to reach a decision.

Dunn’s trial started Feb. 3, and jury deliberations began Wednesday. About 4:50 p.m. Friday, Circuit Judge Russell Healey announced that the jury had a question: Is it possible to not reach a verdict on one count and reach a verdict on other counts?

“The answer to that is yes,” Healey said.

If jurors deadlock on a count, for example, Healey said jurors could publish verdicts on the other four counts. A mistrial would be declared on the deadlocked count. Prosecutors could later retry Dunn on that count, at their discretion.

Judge Healey read the “Allen charge” to the jury.

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UPDATE: 2/15/14, 3:30 P.M. EST

The jury in the Michael Dunn murder trial are still deliberating. The crowd is growing outside of the courthouse in anticipation of a verdict today.

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UPDATE: 2/15/14, 9:00 A.M. EST

The jury has returned for Saturday deliberations.

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UPDATE: 2/14/14, 6:53 P.M. EST:

The jury in the Michael Dunn murder trial “hit a wall” Friday evening and asked the judge could they be excused for the night. According to News 13, they also asked the judge if they could return a verdict on some counts but not others.

The jury, which is composed of four White women, two Black women, four White men, one Asian woman and one Hispanic man, will decide whether or not to convict Dunn of first-degree murder, or lesser charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder and attempted manslaughter.

Jury deliberations are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, possibly earlier, depending on when the jury arrives.

The jury has now deliberated for 22 hours over three days.

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The jury in the Michael Dunn murder trial recessed after three hours of deliberation Wednesday night and will continue at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, reports Florida Today.

RELATED: Michael Dunn: I Had ‘No Choice’ But To Shoot Jordan Davis Over Loud Music [VIDEO]

As previously reported by NewsOneDunn, 47, gunned down 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012.  Dunn claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he sprayed the vehicle with nine bullets before driving away, leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.

None of the teens had weapons.

The jury, which is composed of four White women, two Black women, four White men, one Asian woman and one Hispanic man, will decide whether or not to convict Dunn of first-degree murder, or lesser charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder and attempted manslaughter.

Dunn was initially charged with 2nd-degree murder but his charges were upgraded to 1st-degree murder, in addition to three counts of attempted murder for each of Davis’ friends who were inside of the SUV.

Approximately 20 minutes before the jury recessed for the evening, they requested to see surveillance footage from the Gate gas station of the night that Davis was killed.

Dunn claims that he was “standing his ground” because he was in fear for his life on the night that he sprayed nine bullets into an SUV full of unarmed teenagers.

Watch his testimony below:

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