Guilty of attempting to murder multiple people, but not guilty of murder when the person you attempted to murder was actually killed.
The Michael Dunn trial has taught us that, apparently, you can shoot a gun into a car full of kids due to loud “thug” music, killing one, and not be convicted of murder.
This is the USA in 2014.
Saturday’s verdict of attempted murder for shooting into a car-full of teenagers stopped short of full justice when the jurors in the case couldn’t agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder, leading to a mistrial being declared on that particular charge.
People kill in self-defense when their lives are threatened, or when the lives of someone near them is threatened. Dunn was charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012 after an argument erupted over loud music being played from Davis’s SUV.
Three of his ten shots struck Davis, one of them cutting through his liver, lung, and aorta, killing him almost instantly.
Claiming that killing a kid and gravely injuring his friends over loud music is self defense is like saying you suffered from “affluenza” when you ran over four people in a drunken stupor. It doesn’t add up, and any jury or appointed judge that buy it are either complacent or purposefully ignorant.
Dunn, in his claim of self-defense, testified that he “thought” he had seen a firearm pointed at him from the SUV as the argument escalated. However, no such weapon, or any weapon for that matter, was found at the scene, in the car, or on any of the victims. His fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, even testified that Dunn never even mentioned a weapon to her, let alone a gun.
I thought ignorance wasn’t an excuse in the justice system.
Davis and Dunn got into the argument when Davis and his friends turned the music up even louder after Dunn requested they tun it down, and began shouting expletives at each other in which Dunn was reported to have said “you aren’t going to talk to me like that.”
So, what we have here isn’t a case of self-defense, it was a case of good old-fashioned “manly” pride.
“That defendant didn’t shoot into a carful of kids to save his life. He shot into it to save his pride,” Assistant State Attorney John Guy told the jury earlier in the week. “Jordan Davis didn’t have a weapon, he had a big mouth.”
Whether or not Davis was being rude isn’t the question. The question is, was it worthy of him being killed? There are disrespectful kids of all races and backgrounds, and we all deal with them every day of our lives. They tee-pee your lawns and trees, they burn bags of excrement on your front porch, and, yes, they play loud music that many older generations don’t like. But, here’s the kicker: you can’t kill them because of it.
Even after killing an unarmed teen and injuring his friends, Dunn fled the scene and didn’t even call the police! He argued that he “wasn’t in the right state of mind.” Well clearly not. Not to mention that he went to his hotel, ordered a pizza, and went to sleep. While he was enjoying pizza, his victim bled out and died and the others were left to fend for themselves until help arrived.
I still have trouble understanding how this jury could convict on 3 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder, and then deadlock on the charged where Dunn actually succeeded in his actions!
In all fairness, prosecution overreacted on 1st degree murder, and they should have went for second degree instead. The definition of a first degree murder is ”a killing which is deliberate and premeditated (planned, after lying in wait, by poison or as part of a scheme).” Whether or not Michael Dunn planned out to kill the teens is unknown and can not be proven. However, the definition of second degree murder is “a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility.” When Dunn began arguing and it escalated, resulting in him pulling out his gun and firing the deadly shots into the car, is that a death that resulted from an assault? Yes, and that was proven without a doubt in this case.
After escaping what should have been a 2nd degree murder charge, Michael Dunn is in, “disbelief and it has not sunk in yet.”
I hope for your sake, Mr. Dunn, that is a positive disbelief and you aren’t weeping in self sorrow while a boy lays six feet under, because you avoided death row. At least for now.
I’m just waiting for the NRA to say “stereos don’t kill people, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!”
It’s also strange, these Stand Your Ground Laws, because everyone knows they are racially targeting blacks. How do we know? Well the Urban Institute recently found that Whites who kill Blacks in Stand Your Ground states are 354% more likely to acquitted, or not even charged.
The jury did not find Dunn guilty of killing Davis, plain and simple. They found him guilty of shooting at the other kids in the car, as if Davis was never even there, or even a person who had lost their life. It seems that, in Florida, a black boy is expected to obey a white man, and if he doesn’t, then the white man is entitled to shoot him to to death. That is the intent of the law. It has nothing to do with self-defense. Self defense was already a viable defense before Stand Your Ground laws were ever implemented.
I’m the last person who likes rap music. However, I don’t go shooting up a cars because it’s too loud. That is what separates me from a “law abiding citizen,” as some of Dunn’s supporters have had the gall to call him.