Stand your ground controversy E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to a recent story posted on, Michael David Dunn will be brought from Brevard County to Jacksonville after entering a not-guilty plea to charges of murder and attempted murder in the recent shooting death of a 17-year-old student at a Jacksonville gas station.

Dunn, 45, of Satellite Beach, will face charges in the death of Jordan Russell Davis, according to Lt. Tod Goodyear, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Dunn was in Jacksonville for his son’s wedding.

Dunn told police he felt “threatened” after an argument with the 17-year-old over loud music coming from a sports-utility vehicle parked next to him in a local parking lot.

Davis was in the back seat when “there were words exchanged,” followed by gunfire at 7:40 p.m., said Jacksonville Homicide Division Lt. Rob Schoonover.

“Our suspect produced a weapon and started firing into the vehicle. Our victim was shot a couple of times,” Schoonover said.

“They were listening to the music. It was loud; other teens admitted that. But I mean that is not a reason for someone to open fire on them.”

Schoonover said Dunn and his girlfriend were next to the red SUV containing Davis and three of his friends, all of whom were unarmed.

Dunn’s girlfriend was inside a store when Dunn and Davis exchanged words.

Shots were fired immediately thereafter leaving Davis fatally wounded eight or nine other bullet holes in the SUV, Schoonover said.

The couple drove off after Dunn told the girlfriend that he had “fired at these kids,” Schoonover said.

Witnesses gave police Dunn’s license plate number, which led police to his home. Schoonover said Dunn was planning to turn himself in when he was arrested.

This is the second high-profile homicide, the first being the Trayvon Martin homicide, where Florida’s Stand Your Ground law could be a determining factor in the outcome.

Legal observers will be watching the trial closely, as well as the trial of George Zimmermen to see how "Stand your ground" laws play out in practice as opposed to theory.


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