Man Who Shot Teen May Invoke 'Stand Your Ground'
There's 'no comparisons' to Trayvon Martin, his lawyer says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 7:52 AM CST
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(Newser) – The man accused of killing an unarmed teen after an argument over loud music in a parking lot may invoke Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, his lawyer says. But "there are no comparisons to the Trayvon Martin situation," where the same defense was used, she adds, according to CNN. Michael Dunn is "not a vigilante," and he feels "devastated and horrified" by the death of Jordan Davis, 17, she says. She claims Dunn, 45—who had earlier attended his son's wedding and had stopped for a bottle of wine before going back to his hotel with his girlfriend—was defending himself because he heard "epithets that were extraordinarily threatening to him" from the car and saw a shotgun; police say no gun was found in the car, but Dunn's lawyer says "they may not have looked hard enough," WJXT reports.

Dunn "knows a shotgun when he sees one because he got his first gun as a gift from his grandparents when he was in third grade," she adds, describing the encounter thusly: "He sees ... a shotgun coming up over the rim of the SUV, which is up higher than his Jetta, and all he sees are heavily tinted front windows that are up and the back windows that are down, and the car has at least four black men in it." As for why Dunn and his girlfriend returned home even after hearing about the teen's death the next morning, he was "concerned with leaving the area because he didn't know if these gang members, what they were, who. He's in a strange town. He doesn't know if they're on their cellphones saying, 'Hey, come back and get this guy in the Jetta,'" she says. Davis' father says he was not a gang member.

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Ultraworld
Nov 28, 2012 2:31 PM CST
I can tolerate loud music (even rap) long enough to get in my car & leave. I have a concealed permit, but I'd wouldn't even consider it in this instance.
stfu
Nov 28, 2012 12:47 PM CST
he recognizes a shotgun anywhere after getting one in third grade? wow that long ago? must have a great memory. also, after being frightened of some black people in the car next to him (racist asshole) he definitely saw a shotgun...when you're looking for something you're going to see it; if you're racist and stupid enough to be afraid of a car full of black people you are probably going to assume they have a weapon. i'm guessing he thought a fucking seat-belt was a shotgun and got so scared he just started shooting after hearing some violent lyrics in the song that was blaring. and he's so paranoid he thinks they are on their cell phone calling up more violent black people to go after him? this guy's a pussy. drive into the brooklyn to get gas in a neighborhood the cops call "the jungle" in a car full of white scrawny kids and see how terrified you get. oh, and do it on new years eve when the roads are ice and you can't even walk never mind run. i do that exact thing all the time and i havent shot anyone. must be a florida thing.
shesfireandice
Nov 28, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Stupid piece of shit. It's a fucking parking lot, you don't live there. Drive your reactionary-ass home, drink your wine and refrain from murdering some belligerent punk because of your intolerance. Loud music is a nuisance, not a criminal offense that should lead to someone's death. If this asshole doesn't know that, or can't control his impulse to use violence as a solution, then prison seems a proper and fitting home for him. The rest of us have to put up with all kinds of noise, inconveniences and inconsiderate people. He's not special. I don't want my teenager ending up in the morgue because the sound his skateboard wheels make irritate this ass-hat's poor, sensitive little ears.