News / USA

    Conviction on Lesser Counts in Florida Case of Black Teen Killed by White Man

    Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.
    x
    Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.
    Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.
    VOA News
    In a U.S. court case with racial overtones, a Florida jury has deadlocked on whether a white man is guilty of murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during an argument over loud music.

    But the jury did convict 47 year-old Michael Dunn on three counts of attempted murder for shooting into a car of African American teens outside a food store in 2012. Three of the teens were not hurt. Seventeen year-old Jordan Davis was killed.

    The judge declared a mistrial on the most serious charge of whether Dunn meant to kill Davis.

    It is unclear if Dunn, a computer software developer, will be retried on the murder charge.

    Dunn and the teenagers argued over whether the youths were playing a radio too loud in the parking lot of a Jacksonville, Florida store in 2012.

    Prosecutors said Dunn was angry because he believed the teens were showing him disrespect by playing what he called "thug music."

    Dunn testified that he opened fire at the car in self-defense because he saw a gun. Police say the teens had no weapon.

    Dunn faces at least 60 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year.

    The case comes just seven months after another high-profile Florida case in which white suspect George Zimmerman was found not guilty of gunning down 17 year-old African-American Treyvon Martin during an argument in a residential neighborhood.

    The two cases raise questions about race relations in the United States and Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law.

    The law gives people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves instead of making an attempt to run away from a dangerous situation, such as a heated argument.

    You May Like

    Chechen Suspected in Istanbul Attack, but Questions Remain

    Turkish sources say North Caucasus militants involved in bombing at Ataturk airport, but name of at least one alleged attacker raises doubts

    With Johnson Out, Can a New ‘Margaret Thatcher’ Save Britain?

    Contest to replace David Cameron as Britain’s prime minister started in earnest Thursday with top candidates outlining strategy to deal with Brexit fallout

    US Finds Progress Slow Against Human Trafficking in Africa

    Africa continues to be a major source and destination for human trafficking of all kinds -- from forced labor to sexual slavery, says State Department report

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 3
        Next 
    by: Lez from: Va
    February 22, 2014 11:26 AM
    If you can even bring up the fact that no one wants to hear your music and a child is dead maybe you need to reevaluate your thoughts on god because it sounds like you have none. May God bless you and the people like you that dont know the lord.

    by: Lynn from: Denver, Colorado
    February 21, 2014 12:12 AM
    I don't think this was a race thing and I hate how quick this stuff gets turned into a race thing.

    by: Lynn from: Denver, Colorado
    February 21, 2014 12:10 AM
    I hate pulling up to people with super loud hood music but the kid didn't deserve to die. I do think we need to be considerate of others though. We all don't want to hear your crappy music

    by: Edwin from: Gilbert, Arizona
    February 18, 2014 5:46 PM
    If Dunn thinks he was diss'd standing in the parking lot, think of all the dissing that will be done to him by the brothers in prison.

    by: Samantha from: Canada
    February 18, 2014 5:31 PM
    Get rid of the law 'Stand Your Ground"... It's just a license to kill and get away with it. ... All common sense gets thrown out with this stupid law !!!

    by: IOU_ALL
    February 18, 2014 4:02 PM
    I Speak For the Victim,
    There is a drum beating loud for you,
    Louder than the busiest city,
    Louder than the greatest concert,
    Louder than the fullest stadium;
    The drum beats, and it is for you...it is our hearts.

    by: Sifu from: Queens nyc
    February 17, 2014 12:34 AM
    Zimmer man,should be in jail to. He's another punk whom wish's to bear arms and shot african americans. Why Mr. Dunn ,i bet when you shot my young brother you felt like James Cagna, in Angels with dirty faces. Well to bad you dont have your ma to rub the back of you head you crazy fool enjoy your orange suit. Let see how much time this tough guy gets. People its not the state of florida its the racist fools that live there so dont damage the start. If the law doesnt change in florida them those african Americans there should bear arms. Its wrong yes. But people like Zimmerman and Dunn cant be going around using the law to kill young men. This man doesnt care what he did he's 47 killing a 17year old.Zimmerman no boxing match just hand to hand combat,hows that? No glove punk.

    by: سەمى from: چىنە
    February 16, 2014 11:14 PM
    Gun down an armless teenager for a small dispute over music?!!! What else can this man be if he is not guilty!!!???

    by: Sifu from: Nyc
    February 16, 2014 10:42 PM
    Whats honna happen when african americans start shooting back. I know this is on many peoples mind. But what happens then.
    In Response

    by: ofj from: fla
    February 18, 2014 10:21 PM
    then the black person will go to jail for life or get executed

    by: hampton ancrum III from: jacksonville,florida
    February 16, 2014 5:12 PM
    Sad day for Davis family
    Comments page of 3
        Next 

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Clinton Leads Trump, But Many Voters Don't Like Eitheri
    X
    Jim Malone
    June 29, 2016 6:16 PM
    In the U.S. presidential race, most recent polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton with a steady lead over Republican Donald Trump as both presumptive party nominees prepare for their party conventions next month. Trump’s disapproval ratings have risen in some recent surveys, but Clinton also suffers from high negative ratings, suggesting both candidates have a lot of work to do to improve their images before the November election. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Clinton Leads Trump, But Many Voters Don't Like Either

    In the U.S. presidential race, most recent polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton with a steady lead over Republican Donald Trump as both presumptive party nominees prepare for their party conventions next month. Trump’s disapproval ratings have risen in some recent surveys, but Clinton also suffers from high negative ratings, suggesting both candidates have a lot of work to do to improve their images before the November election. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Slow Rebuilding Amid Boko Haram Destruction in Nigeria’s Northeast

    Military operations have chased Boko Haram out of towns and cities in Nigeria’s northeast since early last year. But it is only recently that people have begun returning to their homes in Adamawa state, near the border with Cameroon, to try to rebuild their lives. For VOA, Chris Stein traveled to the area and has this report.
    Video

    Video New US Ambassador to Somalia Faces Heavy Challenges

    The new U.S. envoy to Somalia, who was sworn into office Monday, will be the first American ambassador to that nation in 25 years. He will take up his post as Somalia faces a number of crucial issues, including insecurity, an upcoming election, and the potential closure of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. VOA’s Jill Craig asked Somalis living in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi how they feel about the U.S. finally installing a new ambassador.
    Video

    Video At National Zoo, Captivating Animal Sculptures Illustrate Tragedy of Ocean Pollution

    The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is home to about 1,800 animals, representing 300 species. But throughout the summer, visitors can also see other kinds of creatures there. They are larger-than-life animal sculptures that speak volumes about a global issue — the massive plastic pollution in our oceans. VOA's June Soh takes us to the zoo's special exhibit, called Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea.
    Video

    Video Baghdad Bikers Defy War with a Roar

    Baghdad is a city of contradictions. War is a constant. Explosions and kidnappings are part of daily life. But the Iraqi capital remains a thriving city, even if a little beat up. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on how some in Baghdad are defying the stereotype of a nation at war by pursuing a lifestyle known for its iconic symbols of rebellion: motorbikes, leather jackets and roaring engines.
    Video

    Video Melting Pot of Immigrants Working to Restore US Capitol Dome

    The American Iron Works company is one of the firms working to renovate the iconic U.S. Capitol Dome. The company employs immigrants of many different cultural and national backgrounds. VOA’s Arman Tarjimanyan has more.
    Video

    Video Testing Bamboo as Building Material

    For thousands of years various species of bamboo - one of the world's most versatile plants - have been used for diverse purposes ranging from food and medicine to textiles and construction. But its use on a large scale is hampered because it's not manufactured to specific standards but grown in the ground. A University of Pittsburgh professor is on track to changing that. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Orphanage in Iraqi City Houses Kids Who Lost their Parents to Attacks by IS

    An orphanage in Iraqi Kurdistan has become home to scores of Yazidi children who lost their parents after Islamic State militants took over Sinjar in Iraq’s Nineveh Province in 2014. Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by the U.S. airstrikes have since recaptured Sinjar but the need for the care provided by the orphanage continues. VOA’s Kawa Omar filed this report narrated by Rob Raffaele.
    Video

    Video Re-Opening Old Wounds in a Bullet-Riddled Cultural Landmark

    A cultural landmark before Lebanon’s civil war transformed it into a nest of snipers, Beirut’s ‘Yellow House’ is once again set to play a crucial role in the city.  Built in a neo-Ottoman style in the 1920s, in September it is set to be re-opened as a ‘memory museum’ - its bullet-riddled walls and bunkered positions overlooking the city’s notorious ‘Green Line’ maintained for posterity. John Owens reports from Beirut.
    Video

    Video Brexit Resounds in US Presidential Contest

    Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is resounding in America’s presidential race. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump sees Britain’s move as an affirmation of his campaign’s core messages, while Democrat Hillary Clinton sees the episode as further evidence that Trump is unfit to be president.
    Video

    Video NASA Juno Spacecraft, Nearing Jupiter, to Shed Light on Gas Giant

    After a five-year journey, the spacecraft Juno is nearing its destination, the giant planet Jupiter, where it will enter orbit and start sending data back July 4th. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Pasadena, California, the craft will pierce the veil of Jupiter's dense cloud cover to reveal its mysteries.
    Video

    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora