The trial of Michael Dunn who is accused of shooting and killing an unarmed teenager over loud music is set to begin on Monday.
Dunn faces first-degree murder charges for the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis on November 23, 2013, at a Jacksonville gas station.
The altercation occurred off Southside Blvd. Dunn approached the SUV with its teenage occupants and asked them to turn down their music. Davis who was in the passenger seat refused and began to argue with Dunn.
Dunn in a statement with police said, “I saw a barrel come up on the window, like a single shot shotgun where there is a barrel. I didn’t see this part of the barrel I saw that part of the barrel. It was either a barrel or a stick, but sir they’re like we are going to kill you and then they said you are dead (expletive),”
Dunn then got a gun from his glove box and fire multiple times into the SUV killing Davis.
Police later were not able to find a shotgun or any weapons inside the SUV.
The case is expected to draw national media attention with its similarities to the case of George Zimmerman. Dunn a middle-aged white male claims to have feared for his life from an unarmed black teenager.
While in jail Dunn sent a letter to a local TV station calling Davis a “Thug”. Dunn said in that letter, “This case is about a local thug threatening to kill me because I dared to ask him to turn the music down.”
Davis’s parents will be court on Monday and throughout the trial.