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'Loud music killing' jury ends day 2 of deliberation

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors have gone home after a second day of deliberations in the trial of a Florida man charged with fatally shooting a teen following an argument over loud music.  They will resume deliberations Friday morning.

The 12 jurors left for the night on Thursday after deliberating for more than 11 hours over two days in the murder trial of Michael Dunn.  Dunn is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, of Marietta, Ga., though jurors could also consider second-degree murder and manslaughter as options for a conviction.

Earlier, the jurors asked a judge if they could view mannequins and sticks that were presented by prosecutors in the courtroom to reconstruct the angle of the shots that hit Davis.  Circuit Judge Russell Healey said he wanted to do some legal research before answering if they could do so.

Dunn claims he shot Davis in self-defense outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012.  But prosecutors told jurors Dunn shot the teen because he felt disrespected by Davis.  Davis had the music in his SUV turned back up after a friend complied with Dunn's request to turn the volume down.

Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, told the Associated Press that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict. 

"From day one, his attitude has been we have the truth. We will prevail," Strolla said.

The trial was the latest Florida case to raise questions about self-defense and race; Dunn is white and the teens were black. It came six months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  The Dunn trial was prosecuted by the same State Attorney's Office as was the Zimmerman case.  Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic and Martin was black.

Dunn wouldn't have been taken to trial had it not been for the Zimmerman acquittal, Strolla said.

"I believe there is a lot vested in this case, politically," Strolla said. "The case, on the heels of not guilty in George Zimmerman, just escalated that political pressure."

A spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office said in an email that her office got the Dunn case in December 2012.  Zimmerman's trial took place last summer.

"The prosecution of Michael Dunn began long before the Zimmerman trial," said spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard.

 

 

Mike Schneider contributed from Orlando.

 

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