When Michael Dunn was on trial for killing a 17-year-old in Jacksonville, most didn’t know much more about the victim other than that he was shot over a dispute over “loud music.” But before Jordan Davis became another symbol of Florida’s deeply divisive “stand your ground” policy, he was just a kid. This is his story, told by the friends and family who knew him best.
Michael Dunn was found guilty on other lesser charges, including second-degree murder for shooting into a car full of teenagers, after an argument about their loud music. A jury couldn’t reach a decision on the most serious charge of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Theodore P. Wafer, 54, faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
Many see it as powerful and effective, while others think it goes too far.
He also gave details about the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which seeks to advocate against senseless crime and gun violence, mentor boys and educate about Florida laws.
A University of Miami law professor tells BuzzFeed that “Stand Your Ground” will probably keep George Zimmerman from facing a civil trial. Federal charges are still possible.
Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla. was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for firing warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband.
When Marissa Alexander was charged with firing a gun in front of her allegedly abusive husband, she tried to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law as a defense — just like George Zimmerman. But for her, it didn’t work. Now some are asking if her case is a “reverse Trayvon” situation.
The NRA fought hard for legislation allowing people to shoot intruders in their homes and assailants on the street, legislation that’s become intensely controversial around the Trayvon Martin shooting. Here are television ads for Southern candidates and for the NRA that give a glimpse of the emotional, and political, case for those laws.