Monday, December 18, 2017
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Juror in loud music trial says most voted for murder (w/video)

JACKSONVILLE — A juror from the trial over a Florida teen's death after a loud-music argument says most of the panel wanted a murder conviction and that race wasn't a factor in deliberations.

Meanwhile, the dead teen's parents appeared Wednesday on Good Morning America to advocate for a change in Florida's "stand your ground" law.

In a Tuesday night interview with ABC News, the juror said only two jurors initially believed 47-year-old Michael Dunn was justified in the 2012 shooting outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn is white; 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., was black.

She said jurors turned to page 25 in the jury instructions for guidance, according to the ABC News interview.

"It said if he believed that he had an eminent threat to himself or his fiancee, so that was a thing that those two folks believed — he was frightened and there was no other option for him in regards to Mr. Davis," Valerie said. "The rest of us were 100 percent sure, you didn't have to react [with gunfire], you could have had another option.

She says an eventual 9-3 deadlock left jurors unable to reach a decision Saturday. They voted to convict Dunn of three counts of attempted murder over shooting at Davis' friends, also in the SUV with the music playing.

She says the nine jurors were split among first degree, second degree and manslaughter verdicts.

The woman asked to be identified only as Valerie. She appeared on camera. Jurors' names haven't been released.

On Good Morning America, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, Jordan's parents, told Robin Roberts they thought the jury had done the best it could but that laws allowing Dunn to plead self defense should be rewritten.

"The jury instruction on the 'stand your ground' [law] is very confusing, and I do think she did the best she could as a juror," Davis' father, Ron Davis, said. "But I do think those laws have to be rewritten, and I'm going to be one who continues to fight to have stand your ground laws rewritten."

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