After three days of jury selection, the Jacksonville criminal lawyers in the Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis murder trial have selected a jury to hear this case. Yesterday, twelve jurors and four alternate jurors were chosen to make a decision as to Dunn’s guilt or innoncence. They have been sequestered and will be staying at a hotel while the case is pending. “The 12 jurors are made up of seven white men, three white women and a black man and woman. The four alternates are made up of two white women and a black man and white man. Compare to the first trial the jury in February was made up of seven women and five men, including four minorities.” (Actionnewsjax.com)
Opening Statements in this high-profile Jacksonville murder trial have started at the Duval County Court House. When Jacksonville criminal attorneys present an opening statement, they are laying out a road map for the jury to follow. Each Duval County attorney will tell the jurors what they believe that the evidence will show. The Jacksonville criminal lawyers statements are usually very different. The attorneys will call different witnesses. Some eyewitnesses have a different recollection of the events. Expert witnesses, including forensic experts, may have different opinions.
Here is a recap of the Michael Dunn murder case provided by Action News of Jacksonville:
“Dunn, 47, is charged with the first-degree murder of Jordan Davis, 17. This is the second time he’s being tried on this charge. His last trial in February ended with a hung jury on the murder charge. Police say Dunn fired into an SUV carrying Davis and three friends. The alleged incident happened in November 2012 at a Southside gas station after an argument over loud music. Dunn’s defense said he fired the shots in self-defense. He has already been convicted on three counts of attempted murder for shooting at the three friends, but will not be sentenced until after this trial. The first time the state tried him for first-degree murder for the killing of Davis, the jury was deadlocked.”
You may watch this Jacksonville murder trial live via several live stream websites. Here are a couple of links:
Action News: http://www.actionnewsjax.com/s/livestream/
First Coast News: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/videos/news/2014/01/31/4409495/