Another Florida Gunman Not Convicted of First-Degree Murder of 17-Year-Old Boy


Iyana Robertson / February 16, 2014

Michael Dunn, a Florida man who was indicted after fatally shooting 17-year-old Jason Davis outside of a convenience store in Jacksonville in 2012, has been convicted of four out out five charges against him this evening (Feb. 15). The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the most prominent charge, first-degree murder.

On November 23, 2012, Dunn encountered Davis and his two friends, Tommy Stornes and Tevin Thompson outside a Jacksonville liquor store. Pulling into the parking lot where the teenagers had been blasting music from a Dodge Durango, Dunn requested that they lower the music. Thompson granted Dunn’s request, while Davis objected, and Thompson returned the music to its previous volume. An argument began, and Dunn opened fire, letting off 10 shots with a 9-mm pistol into the SUV, killing Davis.

The jury on the case, made up of four white women, two black women, four white men, an Asian woman and a Hispanic man, began deliberations on Wednesday (Feb. 12), and had reached a guilty verdict on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of firing a gun into an occupied vehicle. Dunn claims that he acted in self-defense because he was fearful for his life.

Sentencing for Dunn is scheduled for March 24. He faces up to 75 years in prison.