On Thursday night, a grand jury indicted 45-year-old software developer Michael Dunn (pictured right), who allegedly shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis (pictured), on a first-degree murder charge and even added counts to his charges, according to the Florida Times-Union.
Sending a strong message, a grand jury decided to upgrade Dunn’s second-degree murder charge to first-degree murder. If convicted, Dunn would face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dunn also had three counts of attempted murder added to his charges for potentially harming the other youths that were in the car.
NewsOne spoke with Attorney Eric Guster about the murder case and he explained that this type of charge upgrade is standard when a grand jury has been presented with all of the necessary evidence:
“Being that Jordan Davis was unarmed and killed, it appears that the grand jury listened to the evidence in order to properly charge Michael Dunn with first degree murder.
“A grand jury has the right to upgrade, downgrade or dismiss charges after listening to evidence. In this case, it will be interesting since Mr. Dunn has stated he should be found not guilty because of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground Law. After reading and researching this case, I see no way for him to be acquitted by that defense.”
When the news initially hit that Davis was murdered over loud music, Dunn’s lawyer implied that his client would invoke Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in his defense. When NewsOne asked Guster about how Stand Your Ground would hold up in his defense, he said that it was unlikely that Dunn has any case at all:
“Witnesses have stated that Jordan Davis was playing his music too loud and this caused Dunn to become angry. A confrontation occurred which led Davis to shoot Jordan. With that being the case, there is no way Stand Your Ground or any other self defense claim can be justified.”
Just two days before Thanksgiving at 7:40 p.m., Dunn reportedly exchanged angry words with some teens who were parked next to him at a gas station/convenience store. According to Dunn, after he asked the teens to lower the music, they initially assented. Moments later, though, the teens allegedly raised the volume, while cursing and threatening him. The teens supposedly punctuated their threat with a shotgun that they pointed at Dunn through the car window.
In self-defense, Dunn, who reportedly has a concealed weapons permit, says he reached for his handgun and fired 8 bullets at the teens, with four of them hitting the back door and the other four being released as the driver took off from the station.
Watch news coverage of the Davis murder here:
But discrepancies have already surfaced in Dunn’s story.
According to published reports, Dunn DID NOT tell police officers in his initial interview that the kids had a weapon. Davis’ father, Ron, told the NY Times,”The detective told me that they interviewed him down there. There was no mention of a shotgun. The detective told me they checked and searched the car my son was in and no weapons were found in the car, no drugs were found in the car, and no weapons were found in the area. He [Dunn] is trying to create that smokescreen.”
Jibing with Davis’ father’s account, investigators have not found any evidence of a firearm or drugs in the car. In addition, Dunn’s attempt to paint Jordan and his friends as aggressive thugs doesn’t correlate to accounts of Jordan’s upbringing, who was home schooled at one point and reportedly came from a stable home, where both parents were present. “He always had a stable environment at home,” said Mr. Davis, who added that his son had no criminal record. At home, there were ground rules, he said: No tattoos. No shrugging off goals for the future. And no guns.”