Victim: Jordan Russell Davis (killed)
The accused: Michael David Dunn

Jordan Russell_Davis

Jordan Russell Davis

Black male

Age at time: 17

Weapon: unarmed

 
Dunn

Michael David Dunn

White male

Age at time: 45

Weapon: gun

gun

unharmed

Defendant photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Parking Lot

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2012

Location details: Gate Gas Station parking lot in Jacksonville, Duval County, on Nov. 23, 2012

What happened: Michael David Dunn pulled into a gas station parking lot next to a black SUV with tinted windows and loud music. He asked Jordan Davis, a passenger in the back seat, to turn the music down. There were words exchanged and Dunn pulled out a gun and shot at the SUV, at least, eight times. Dunn said he fired in self-defense because he saw a shotgun and didn't know how many people were in the SUV. He also said he didn't think he hit anyone so he just left the scene and drove 159 miles to his home in Brevard County. Davis was hit twice and killed. No one else in the SUV was injured and no weapons were found at the scene. Dunn was arrested the following day and charged with murder and attempted murder.

The outcome: A "stand your ground" motion is expected. Trial is pending.

Investigating agency: Jacksonville Sheriff

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013