It has been months since Michael Dunn’s trial for the murder of Jordan Davis occurred in Duval County FL. “Dunn was convicted in February of attempting to shoot and kill three teenagers in a vehicle with Davis but the jury was unable to reach a conviction on the first-degree murder charge in Davis’ death.” Dunn will not have the same Florida criminal defense attorney representing him in the retrial. He was represented by a Florida lawyer from West Palm Beach for the first trial which resulted in a hung jury. He will be represented by a Jacksonville criminal attorney from the Office of Regional Conflict Counsel in the next trial. Today, “Judge Russell Healey said jury selection for the retrial would begin Sept. 22 and continue through the following week until a jury of 12 plus four alternates is seated.”
Although Dunn was convicted of attempted murder of the three other teens in the vehicle, he has not been sentenced. Due to the nature of the charges and Florida’s 10-20-Life Statute, Dunn is facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 60 days for the convictions. “Sentencing on the existing convictions was postponed until after the murder retrial.” This is reasonable in a case such as this one. “ Healey granted the delay at the request of the defense, which said if Dunn took the stand at his sentencing hearing to address the court or Jordan Davis’ family what he says could be used against him in his murder trial.” Today, Judge Healey stated in court, “While I could do it legally, it concerns me that it could open up other matters on appeal.”
Jordan’s parents are seeking justice for their son. News4jax reported:
“They have been at every single court hearing since he was killed in November 2012. ‘I want him to also be tried and said by the courts in the state of Florida that you were wrong for killing Jordan Davis. And if that doesn’t happen I will not, nor will I ever be satisfied,’ said Jordan’s father, Ron Davis. ‘So we are moving at a snails pace,’ said Jordan’s mother, Lucia McBath. ‘That’s the way we feel about it, but we know that that is the system, that is the process. We have been very patient, but we are looking forward now to actually moving forward and getting some closure for Jordan and for our families.’”
The delay in Dunn’s retrial is not usual. This is a first-degree murder trial. The minimum mandatory sentence is life in prison. Dunn’s Jacksonville attorney is required to fully prepare for this murder trial. She needs time to review all the records and conduct her own investigation if needed.