Will ‘Loud Rap Music’ Shooter Michael Dunn Become Next George Zimmerman?
Michael Dunn, who shot a black teenager to death in 2012 partially over loud rap music, took the stand for the first time in his murder trial. The software engineer from Florida has claimed self-defense and said that he only used his weapon outside of a gas station after fearing for his life. He could face the rest of his life in jail over the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Dunn, 47, testified that he and his fiance stopped to buy white wine after attending the wedding of his son when they heard “ridiculously loud” rap music coming from another car. He said he asked the men in the car to turn the music down and was initially obliged, but then the rap music went back up at full volume as the teens started to get aggressive. “I start hearing things like F-him and F-that,” he said. “It was mean-spirited.”
After claiming to see what looked like the barrel of a gun through the passenger’s window, Dunn said he grew fearful and fired his weapon when Davis exited the car. However, police found no weapon inside Davis’ vehicle and prosecutors showed photos of the teen’s body in what appeared to be a defensive position. Assistant medical examiner Stacy Simons testified yesterday that the Davis was leaning away from Dunn when the bullet entered his body.
The case has drawn comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted on all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, because it involved black teenagers being killed by men who said they acted in self-defense. Zimmerman has recently joined a celebrity boxing circuit and could potentially fight rapper DMX next month.