February 19th, 2014
10:57 PM ET

Juror: Race not an issue in "Loud Music" murder Trial

CNN is learning what was taking place inside the jury room as 12 men and women failed to decide whether Michael Dunn murdered a black teenager or was trying to protect himself.

It is a case that has once again put the issues of race and self-defense in the spotlight.

"I believed he was guilty," Valerie said in an interview with ABC's "Nightline" early Wednesday. Also known as Juror No. 4, she asked that her full name not be given in order to protect her identity.

Florida 'loud music' trial juror: 'I believed he was guilty'

"We all believed that there was another way out, another option," she said.

She added that despite this being a highly charged case with racial overtone, the jury did not consider race as part of the evidence.

"Sitting in that room, it was never presented that way. We looked at it as bad situation where teenagers were together, and words were spoken, and lines were crossed," Valerie said.

OutFront: Natalie Jackson, defense attorney and CNN Legal Analyst Danny Cevallos.

Filed under: 'Loud Music' murder trial • Justice • News
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  1. Collin Lamey

    Of course race was not an issue because Corey and her people did not make it an issie, eventhough there was a mountain of evidence to prove that the guy is a racist. This guy is finished either way and Corey must retry him for first degree murder. The State of Florida should be put on trial for granting carry permits to psychopaths.

    February 20, 2014 at 12:49 am | Reply

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