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.

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February 14th, 2014
10:04 PM ET

Jurors "hit a wall," will resume deliberations Saturday in loud-music murder trial

It appears jurors are struggling to reach a verdict in the so-called "loud music" murder trial.

The jury in the Micheal Dunn murder trial ended their deliberation Friday night and told the judge they would like to resume on Saturday.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2012 death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, one of four black teenagers who were in an SUV shot by Dunn - who is white - in violence that flared from an argument over loud music.

Florida jurors continue deliberations Saturday in loud-music murder trial

Earlier in the day, the jury asked the judge if it's possible to not reach a verdict on one count but reach a verdict on the others. The judge said "yes."

Dunn was also charged with three counts of attempted murder for the shots fired at an SUV with teens inside.

OutFront: Judge Glenda Hatchett and Janet Johnson a Criminal Defense Attorney.

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February 11th, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Michael Dunn testifies in 'Loud Music' murder trial: "It was life or death"

(CNN) - A Florida man accused of killing a teenager in 2012 following a dispute over loud music testified during his trial Tuesday that he fired his pistol only after a passenger in an SUV repeatedly threatened him and that the passenger had what appeared to be a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun.

"I thought I was going to be killed," Michael Dunn testified.

Dunn, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal November 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a gas station parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida. The teen and his friends were sitting in an SUV next to Dunn when an argument quickly led to Dunn pulling his gun and shooting nine times into the vehicle, killing Davis.

Police and prosecutors have said that the teens were unarmed. Dunn acknowledges killing Davis, but told police he acted in self-defense after seeing what he believed to be the barrel of a shotgun or a stick in the teens' red Dodge Durango.

Dunn testified that, after parking in the lot so his fiancee could buy wine and chips at a convenience store, he asked the passengers in a nearby SUV to turn down what called "ridiculously loud music" with a thumping bass.

The music stopped at first, and Dunn thanked them, he testified. But the music resumed. According to Dunn, an SUV passenger said, "I should kill that motherf*****," and repeated it louder, "I should f****** kill that motherf******."


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February 11th, 2014
01:18 PM ET

Jordan Davis mother: He was 'fun-loving'

The parents of Jordan Davis want the world to know their son as more than just a black teen killed by Michael Dunn.

CNN's Martin Savidge takes a closer look at Davis, a young Jacksonville, Florida teen shot over a disputer about loud music.

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February 7th, 2014
08:48 PM ET

Victim's friends testify in 'loud music' murder trial

The so-called "Loud Music" murder trial entered its second day Friday, in which a Florida man faces first-degree murder for shooting and killing an African-American 17-year-old.

Michael Dunn, 47, claims he fired in self-defense, after an alleged argument over the volume of music blasting from an SUV. Dunn's defense team also says the teen brandished a weapon.

Did Jordan Davis have weapon? Attorneys spar in loud music murder trial

The case bears a number of similarities with the George Zimmerman trial last year.

Three other passengers the victim was riding with gave virtually identical accounts of what happened during testimony Friday.

Prosecutor: Do you recall anything that Jordan Davis said to the defendant?

Tevin Thompson: Yes sir.

Prosecutor: What was that?

Tevin Thompson: F you.

Prosecutor: What did you see the driver of the other car do when Jordan Davis said "yeah, I'm talking to you"
Leland Brunson: He reached into his glove compartment.

Prosecutor: And what did the driver do with the gun after you looked at it?
Tommie Stornes: To my recollection, he started to fire.

OutFront: Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief of GlobalGrind.com, and Janet Johnson, a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville, Florida.

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