JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) â?? A juror from the trial over a Florida teen's death after a loud-music argument says most of the panel wanted a murder conviction and that race wasn't a factor in deliberations.
In a Tuesday night interview with ABC News, the woman says only two jurors initially believed 47-year-old Michael Dunn was justified in the 2012 shooting outside a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn is white; 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., was black.
She says an eventual 9-3 deadlock left jurors unable to reach a decision Saturday. They voted to convict Dunn of three counts of attempted murder over shooting at Davis' friends, also in the SUV with the music playing.
She says the nine jurors were split among first-degree, second-degree and manslaughter verdicts.
The woman asked to be identified only as Valerie. She appeared on camera. Jurors' names haven't been released.
In a December 2012 phone call with his fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, Dunn compares himself to a rape victim, saying the detectives wanted to blame him for the shooting, not Davis and his friends. Inmates at the Duval County Jail are warned that all phone conversations and visits will be recorded and can be shared with prosecutors except for those with their attorneys.
"So not to wallow in, you know, despair or anything, but you know I was thinking a lot about this today and I was like I'm, I'm the victim here," Dunn told Rouer. "I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back.
"And then, you know, it's not quite the same, but it made me think of like the old TV shows and movies where, like, how police used to think when a chick got raped, 'Oh, it's her fault because of the way she was dressed.' Yeah, and I'm like, so it's my fault because I asked them to turn their music down," he said in a laughing voice. "I got attacked and I fought back because I don't want to be a victim and now I'm in trouble. I refuse to be a victim and now I'm incarcerated."
Dunn then told Rouer that he had no motive to shoot Davis other than self-defense. Apparently referencing his engagement to Rouer and his son's wedding, which he had attended right before the shooting, he said his life had been "perfect."
"On TV they always talk about motive. You know you've got to have motive, you've got to show motive. Well, what's my f------ motive?" he asked Rouer.
"I mean as I was trying to tell the police, I wouldn't do this at this point in my life. They're like, what's the matter, what's going on in your life, and I was like, it's perfect. My life is great and I would never do anything like this to jeopardize that."
"The more I think about it, I am just super confident that if they take this to trial it's going to be a short deliberation cause, you know, um, just because. I cannot imagine why those two boys (Davis' friends) are fibbing. So they are."
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