Man Who Shot Kid Over Loud Music: 'I'm the Victim'

Michael Dunn also compares himself to rape victim in phone calls

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2014 1:06 PM CST

(Newser) – Michael Dunn, the man who is going to jail over killing an apparently unarmed teen in an argument over loud music, appears like he's aiming to be even less popular than George Zimmerman. In jailhouse phone calls Dunn made soon after shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis but just released by prosecutors yesterday, a sometimes laughing Dunn says, "I’m the [expletive deleted] victim here. I was the one who was victimized. I’m the victor but I was the victim too." Dunn made similar statements during the trial, indicating he feared for his life, ABC News reports.

  • In another call, he makes a bizarre analogy while talking to fiancé Rhonda Rouer: "I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back. It’s not quite the same but it made me think of like the old TV shows and movies where like how the police used to think when a chick got raped going, 'Oh, it’s her fault because of the way she dressed.' I'm like, 'So it’s my fault (laughing) because I asked them to turn their music down. I got attacked and I fought back because I didn’t want to be a victim and now I'm in trouble. I refused to be a victim and now I'm incarcerated."
  • And in one call, CBS News reports, Dunn complained about being kept "in a room with them animals," and later says, "I was in a room with three black guys." Salon points out that in previously released letters, Dunn wrote, "This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs … This may sound a bit radical, but if more people would arm themselves and kill these f---ing idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior."

Michael Dunn leaves the courtroom after the verdict is read in Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.   (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool)
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Portions of the calls.   (CBS News)

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