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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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
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