A juror in the Michael Dunn case spoke out Wednesday saying that from the outset of the deliberations, two of the 12 members of that panel believed Dunn’s account that he killed Jordan Davis in self-defense and that the jury did not see the incident in racial terms.
Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted murder in the incident that was sparked by an argument over loud music. But the judge declared a mistrial on the charge of first-degree murder against the 47-year-old white man in the death of the Black teenager.
"We looked at a lot of evidence — and myself, it was where the gunshots were, the timing,” said Juror Number 4, who identified herself as Valerie on an ABC News interview.
When asked if she believed Dunn got away with murder, she responded, “At this point, I do. Yes.”
She added: “Could he have had other options? To me, (the shooting) was unnecessary.” Later in the interview, she said, “A life was taken. There is no longer a Jordan Davis, and there is only one reason why that is. The boy was shot and killed for reasons that should not have happened."
Meanwhile, the parents of Jordan Davis also appeared on a national news program, saying the jurors had done the best they could in their deliberations.
“We know that the jurors, when they walked in that room to deliberate, we know without a doubt that they were posed with a very delicate but a very profound decision that they had to make,” Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath, said during an interview on Good Morning America.
“We believe, absolutely, with all our hearts, that they did everything that they could to come to what they believe was the most just decision,” she said.
Still, the teenager’s father said he still wants justice in the courtroom for his son.
“I want Michael Dunn to be tried and found guilty of killing my son,” said Ronald Davis. After the verdict Sunday, prosecutors in the case said they planned to retry Dunn on first-degree murder charges.
McBath said that justice for her son would encompass even more than Dunn being found guilty of first-degree murder.
“Justice for Jordan will be, ultimately, really, when we change the laws,” McBath said, referring to the need for gun control measures. “Because that will be not just justice for Jordan and justice for Trayvon and justice for all the children at Sandy Hook and justice for Aurora and justice for Virginia Tech and the Navy Yard. It will be justice for everyone that has suffered because of these laws.”
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