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Dunn Argues State Didn't Disprove Stand-Your-Ground Defense

An attorney for convicted murderer Michael Dunn told the First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday his client deserves to go free.

Dunn made headlines when he used a stand-your-ground defense for shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis during an argument over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station in 2012.

Attorney Terry Roberts told a three-judge panel the state never disproved that Dunn feared for his life and acted reasonably. But Judge Thomas Winokur  was skeptical the law gives that much leeway to claim self-defense.

“I’m having trouble seeing how the state could ever have disproved his self-defense claim if as long as the evidence is inconsistent, than the court was required to grant a judgment of acquittal.”

Outside the courtroom, Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath, vowed to continue her work with Every Town for Gun Safety.

“You know, we can have safer gun laws within the existing gun laws so that nobody has to suffer the same tragedy.”

Dunn is serving a life sentence plus 90 years.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.