Valerie, or Juror 4, told ABC’s Nightline that she believes Dunn was guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jordan Davis.
Davis was killed on November 23, 2012 during a verbal argument over music being played in the SUV he was a passenger in. Dunn, using Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, claimed self-defense.
“I believed he was guilty,” Valerie said in an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” early Wednesday.
She continued, telling ABC that the jury was split over the issue of self-defense on the murder charge. Valerie said the jury’s first vote was 10-2 in favor of a murder conviction. Over nearly 30 hours of deliberations, the vote became 9-3.
Jurors deadlocked on murder one, Dunn was ultimately convicted of attempted murder for shooting at Davis’ three teenage friends and convicted on one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. But Valerie says Dunn had other options.
According to CNN:
Valerie said all the jurors felt Dunn crossed a line when he continued to fire at the SUV as it fled the scene. In their minds, any threat Dunn may have felt before had passed.
“We all believed that there was another way out, another option,” she said.
But for Valerie, it never should have happened at all. Dunn could have chosen another path.
“Roll your window up, ignore the taunting, put your car in reverse … move a parking spot over. That’s my feeling.”
Watch the rest of Valerie’s interview above.
SOURCE: CNN, ABC | PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab