Saturday, November 25, 2017

Defendant in killing over music compared self to a rape victim

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JACKSONVILLE — The Florida sman accused of killing a black teen during a dispute over loud music compared himself to a rape victim, telling his fiancee in a recorded jailhouse call that the police were trying to blame him for the shooting when he was only defending himself.

In a series of recorded calls and jail visits released Tuesday by prosecutors, Michael Dunn also expressed surprise at the attention his November 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville store had drawn and expressed confidence that he would be exonerated.

Dunn, 47, was convicted Saturday of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at three of Davis' friends who were inside an SUV, but the jury hung on a first-degree murder charge for Davis' death. Dunn, who is white, has argued that he fired at Davis after the teen threatened him and raised a shotgun after he asked the teens to turn down their music. No gun was found in the SUV.

Dunn faces 60 years in prison when sentenced and the prosecution intends to retry him on the murder charge, which carries a potential life sentence.

In a December 2012 phone call with his fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, Dunn compares himself to a rape victim, saying the detectives wanted to blame him for the shooting, not Davis and his friends.

"So not to wallow in, you know, despair or anything, but you know I was thinking a lot about this today and I was like I'm, I'm the victim here," Dunn told Rouer. "I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back."

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