The Trayvon Martin case made national attention in February 2011, and won’t make it to court until June 10, 2013. But, now there’s a new case, again, out of Florida, that will hopefully point out further flaws in the Stand Your Ground law.
Michael David Dunn, 45, is a Florida gun collector that came to Jacksonville, Florida, for a wedding. He was waiting in the car for his girlfriend while she ran into a gas station store, when he was annoyed by loud music coming from an SUV parked next to him with three young men inside.
He told them to cut it down and words were exchanged. Dunn began to fire into the truck eight or nine times, killing high school junior, Jordan Russell Davis, 17, who was seated in the backseat of the SUV.
Dunn pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder and according to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry report, they expect he will be using the “Stand Your Ground” law in his defense. For some strange reason, Dunn’s attorney believes that Dunn took appropriate action because, according to Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover, Dunn felt “threatened”:
“Once all the facts come out, that what really happened is known, it will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under these same circumstances,” said his attorney, Robin Lemonidis, reported FirstCoastNews.com, the website for NBC station WTLV in Jacksonville.
Already, Davis’ mother Lucia McBath, asked that her son’s death not be thought of as a hate crime:
“We don’t know where he was or what kind of dark place he was in at that moment, but something snapped in that man. Something snapped in him, so we are not looking at it as the hate crime because that’s not going to honor Jordan,” McBath told FirstCoastNews.com.
But, Stand Your Ground, whether he invokes it or not in his case, is not going to fly. Police officers are not so friendly with the defendant as they were with Zimmerman:
“It was loud,” Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover said of the teens’ music. “They admitted that. That’s not a reason for someone to open fire.”
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