Loud music shooting case verdict again raises questions about self-defense law

02/17/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Florida – The recent conviction of a Florida man, who faced multiple charges after shooting into a car full of teenagers, resulting in the death of one of them, has raised more questions about self-defense laws in the state. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), 47-year-old software developer Michael Dunn, was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder on multiple counts for shooting at the teenagers outside of a convenience store in 2012.

Dunn, who is white, killed Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old during the incident. He was charged with first-degree murder for Davis’ death, but a mistrial was declared on that count. Dunn, who was stated to have shot at the teens over an argument over loud music, claimed that he fired his gun in self-defense.

Many have suggested the case is reminiscent of that of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman who claimed self-defense after being charged in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the case.

Although both cases have sparked controversy over Florida’s stand your ground law, some say the law technically was not part of the trials of Dunn or Zimmerman. Miami defense lawyer and former assistant U.S. Attorney David Weinstein is quoted as stating, “Dunn’s attorney argued self-defense, which has been around forever…I think people will say that because some of the language from the stand your ground statute gets embedded into the jury instructions, that stand your ground has an effect.”

Dunn faces up to 60 years in prison for his conviction.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Florida Legal News

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