A Florida jury has convicted Michael Dunn of first-degree murder in his retrial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over Davis’ loud music.  Prosecutors alleged that Dunn shot with intent to kill when he fired 10 shots into an SUV carrying Davis and his three friends in 2012.  The jury deliberated for about 5 hours.  Dunn, who testified on his own behalf, said that he fired the shots in self-defense when he thought Davis had a gun.  Investigators could find no gun inside the SUV or in the area around the convenience store where the argument took place.  Davis’ friends testified there was no gun.  At his first trial, Dunn was convicted of 3 counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at Davis’ three friends, he faces a mandatory minimum of 60 years, but the jury deadlocked on the first-degree murder charges.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case.  Dunn faces a mandatory life in prison sentence for Davis’ death.

Prosecutors portrayed Dunn as cold and calculating.  He never reported the incident to police, instead he went back to his hotel and went about his business.  After seeing on the news that Davis had been killed, Dunn returned to his home, but did not contact the authorities.

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