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    LIVE COVERAGE: “Loud Music” Murder Trial, VERDICT WATCH (Update – No Verdict, Resume Thursday morning)

    LIVE COVERAGE: “Loud Music” Murder Trial, VERDICT WATCH (Update – No Verdict, Resume Thursday morning)

    End of Day Update – Jury going home for night, will resume deliberations Thursday.

    NOTE: LIVE COVERAGE: “Loud Music” Murder Trial, VERDICT WATCH

    Welcome to day six of our live coverage of the “loud music” 1st degree murder trial of Michael Dunn in real time. Here are three live video feeds.

    Expectations are that this morning will see closing arguments, in the following sequence: State, Defense, State. Then the jury will be charged (read the jury instructions) and provided with their verdict forms. The jury instructions in this case are extensive. Not only are there the five primary charges on which Dunn was indicted–first degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, and firing into an occupied vehicle–there are also the lesser included crimes of each, as well as Florida’s 10-20-Life statute (775.087), made infamous by the Marissa Alexander case.  Add on top of that Florida’s very lengthy and convoluted justification jury instructions, and it’s not hard to see that the jury’s going to receive a very large packet of instructional material, indeed.

    (Sadly, I expect the standardized jury instructions will once again include the instruction on Stand-Your-Ground, despite the fact that SYG plays no more of a role here than it did in the Zimmerman trial–meaning, none. Their inclusion will provide plenty of fodder for the “SYG-phobics” and, of course, journalists.)

    Our end-of-day wrap-up discussing these issues as well as yesterday afternoon’s testimony by Michael Dunn, and rebuttal by State-called witnesses Rhonda Rouer and Homicide Detective Musser can be found here: “Loud Music” Murder Trial Day 5: Dunn Testifies, Defense Rests

    Below the live video feeds is a live Twitter feed with my live tweets and those of others reporting on the trial. We plan to do a brief mid-day summary when the court recesses for lunch, then our usual lengthier coverage/analysis after the court recesses that day’s end.

    At the bottom of this post, below the Twitter feed, I’ve embedded yesterday’s testimony by Dunn, Rouer, and Musser.)

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    Michael Dunn’s direct testimony, questioned by defense counsel Strolla, can be viewed here:

    Dunn’s cross-examination testimony by Assistant State Attorney John Guy, can be viewed here:

    Rhonda Rouer’s rebuttal testimony, quite harmful to the defense, can be viewed here:

    Homicide Detective Musser’s rebuttal testimony can be viewed here:

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

    Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.


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    MouseTheLuckyDog | February 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    OK. I have never touched a shotgun, so I do not know this for sure.

    Can a shotgun misfire in such a way that it produces a loud noise, but not as loud as the shotgun itself? Could that be the noise on the store tape before the shots?

    Is that why there is no evidence a gun was fired by Davis?

    BTW I just checked on google. The first three tripods that I found over $40 came with carrying cases. Was the tripod in a carrying case? If not where is the carrying case? Could they have taken the tripod out of its case. Placed in the gun hid the tripod and ditched gun and case for a friend ( Stornes cousin ) to pick up while hiding the tripod under the seat?

      “Could they have taken the tripod out of its case….”

      They could have stashed the shotgun up the driver’s butt, and returned to the store mainly to buy laxatives so they could retrieve it later.

      Butt I don’t think so.

      Hey – maybe the kids cut the shotgun up and ate it ? THAT could explain it, huh ?

      tom swift in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | February 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Can a shotgun misfire in such a way that it produces a loud noise, but not as loud as the shotgun itself

      It is possible to have a defective shell or squib round, which fires but not with enough force to move anything out of the barrel. It happens (rarely) with rifle or pistol cartridges, and is theoretically possible with a shotgun shell, though I’ve never encountered one or even heard of anyone who has.

        MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to tom swift. | February 13, 2014 at 1:58 am

        The thing about lower class urban youths, they have a greater fascination with guns then the general public, they are more likely to obtain and use a gun, and they rarely get formal training in the car and use of guns. IOW one Davis uses is more likely to misfire.

        There is also the possibility that Davis used a shotgun with a specialty round like Dragon’s Breath.

          vivibee601 in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | February 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

          Jordan Davis’ parents were educated, working and married at the time of his birth. There are video clips of them talking about undergoing fertility treatment to have Jordan. He was their only child together. There are pictures of Jordan and his parents on trips.

          What indicates to you that he was a “lower class urban youth”?

      AwkwardSilence in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | February 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Good Lord, you are just grasping at straws for this psycho.

      Let’s just say that there are a *ton* of variables here- but the odds that Davis was armed with a loaded shotgun, which he shot- under duress- producing a squib (with a powder charge so low that it resulted in no detectable GSR, but an audible “pop”), and then within micro-seonds had the presence of mind to not automatically rack and fire another round because of the realization that his barrel was dangerously blocked- is astronomically low.

      This is my analysis based on my experience, so I am certainly open to other opinions on the subject.

      Also, I have a number of cheap tripods and none of them came with cases (that I recall; they may have shipped with shoddy canvas bags) nor did they warrant them. Since cheap tripods are generally telescoping, I would be very skeptical that a shotgun (except if it was sawed off) would fit in its container.

      Mileage may vary.

    Gremlin1974 | February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I have a question that maybe someone can answer, I have only ever been on one jury and we only deliberated for about 10 minutes, but I notice the Jury is using a buzzer to signal the judge. Is there a bailiff or court officer in the jury room with the jury, I can’t remember from my jury time. It would seem that there would need to be especially if evidence is in the jury room to maintain the evidence.

    MouseTheLuckyDog | February 13, 2014 at 2:00 am

    My prediction is that we are going to get a hung jury.
    I also believe that Corey is uncertain of a conviction. If she were certain she would do one of the closings to be in the limelight. This way she gets to distance herself a bit.

    tothineownself | February 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Is another criminal going to go free? How come this jury is taking so long? What else does this man have to do to show how guilty he is? Kill someone at a gas station, go get pizza, eat and settle in for the night, without one word to the police, yet this jury is taking this long?

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