The father of Jordan Davis said he and his family are dismayed that Michael Dunn, the man who shot the 17-year-old teenager in November 2012 after an argument over loud music, has not yet been sentenced to serve time in prison.
Dunn was convicted in February of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at a vehicle with several teenagers. But a mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Davis, after the jury couldn't agree on a verdict.
The state of Florida said it will retry Dunn on the first-degree murder charge. A judge in Jacksonville has delayed the second trial after Dunn’s attorneys said they needed addition time to prepare. Meanwhile, Dunn faces up to 60 years in prison for the attempted murder convictions.
“It’s very disturbing that he has not been sentenced yet,” said Ronald Davis, in an interview with BET.com. “I thought he should have been sentenced in a timely manner. I would have thought that, at the very least, he would be sentenced within 90 days, which has long passed now.”
Ronald Davis said that Dunn’s guilt in the shooting incident has already been established. “I think he should be sentenced as soon as possible,” he said. “From my perspective, I think that would be the right thing to do.”
The death of Jordan Davis and Dunn's trial were closely followed and have often been compared with the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012 in a suburb of Orlando and subsequent trial of shooter George Zimmerman, events that also drew international coverage.
Although Dunn has been convicted of the attempted murder charges, Davis’s father has maintained that he feels it is important for the shooter to be retried for first-degree murder. He explained that Dunn should be held responsible specifically for the death of his son.
The attempted murder convictions, he said, “do not equate to justice.” He added, “I wasn’t satisfied with the verdict. I know he’s getting 60 years in jail. But I want the state of Florida to record that he was responsible for killing Jordan. I want the law to say that Michael Dunn was wrong.”
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