The jury in the Michael Dunn case announced on Saturday evening that they could not reach a unanimous decision regarding the count of first degree murder. A mistrial was declared on that count, with the option for Florida prosecutor Angela Corey to retry Dunn at a later date.
Corey didn’t miss a beat, announcing that she fully intends to retry Dunn on the remaining, but most significant count.
"Ten times out of 10 when someone fires 10 shots into a car full of unarmed teenagers we will file first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder."
The successful conviction on the other charges means that lengthy prison term awaits Dunn barring a successful appeal, retrial, and acquittal. However, much of the case hinged on the murder of unarmed Davis and a car riddled with bullets.
The case drew many parallels with the infamous George Zimmerman case. Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teen who he fatally shot. The teens that Dunn fired upon were also African American and unarmed.
I have no trust in angela corey or anything she says #DunnTrial she willingly throws cases that don't benefit her
— Chris Anderson (@ComedyIsTherapy) February 16, 2014
— hargrovejones (@hargrovejones) February 16, 2014
Like Zimmerman, Dunn tried to justify the shooting, which escalated over the loud music the teens had been playing, under the “Stand Your Ground” defense. It is a defense which some feel provides a racist double standard when it comes to gun laws in Florida.
Even when racism isn’t at the heart of the defense, the cases involving armed citizens firing on and killing unarmed citizens is setting a troubling legal standard for the state.
Even if Corey is not able to successfully convict Dunn on the murder charge, it’s possible that the partial conviction may represent some progress towards a precedence where certain scenarios are confronted as attempted murder and cold blooded killing rather than allowed to hide behind a facade of so-called self-defence.
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