After killing an unarmed teen at a gas station over the weekend, Michael Dunn’s lawyers say that he will plead self-defense and possibly use the controversial Stand Your Ground law to justify his murder.
Dunn, a 45-year-old software developer from Florida, shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a parking lot on Saturday after he asked him to turn down his music. The two exchanged words before Dunn pulled out a gun and fired eight to nine shots at Davis, who was sitting in the back seat of a parked vehicle. Dunn left the crime scene and checked into a hotel before cops found him and took him into custody.
The facts in this case draw an eerie resemblance to the Trayvon Martin case that happened earlier this year. Both victims were 17 years old, unarmed, African American teens who were gunned down in Florida. However, Dunn’s lawyer claims that there are no similarities between her client and George Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon.
“There are no comparisons to the Trayvon Martin situation,” said Robin Lemonidis, Dunn’s attorney. “He is devastated and horrified by the death of the teen.” She added that he is not a “vigilante” and instead shot Davis out of “self defense.”
Dunn also told police that he heard threats from Davis and that he thought he saw a gun in his car before he killed him. However, no weapons were found in Davis’ vehicle and his father, Ron Davis, claims that he was a good kid who was not involved with gangs. “He did something that there was no defense for,” said Ron about Dunn.
Dunn was charged with murder and denied bond on Monday.