Judge names jury to hear Michael Dunn trial
Trial in slaying over loud music to start Thursday
After a day of questioning potential jurors about crime, guns and loud music, Judge Michael Healey names six men and 10 women to serve as the jury and alternates to hear the first-degree murder case against Michael Dunn.
Twelve jurors were named Wednesday afternoon and the trial begins with opening statements on Thursday at noon, WJXT reports.
The day began with 62 potential jurors to be questioned. One did not show up.
The jury pool about three-quarters women, and it appears about 40 percent African-American or other minorities.
State Attorney Angela Corey and defense attorney Cory Strolla asked those remaining if they understood the charges against Dunn, who's facing trial for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and attempted murder for shooting into an SUV with three other teenagers inside.
"Certainly would expect the state in the defense would want to know what people's feelings are and what their thoughts are on guns," said Rhonda Peoples-Waters, an attorney not affiliated with this case.
Four women questioned Wednesday said they knew someone who'd been killed. One said her dad was murdered and another said her close friend's son was murdered. One woman said her uncle was murdered and another woman said her brother had been murdered.
Several others said they know someone who has been the victim of crime.
In general, all those questioned said they're OK with being part of the trial, and all except one said they were OK with the right to bear arms.
One man said he believes the law is "too tightly strung" on gun restrictions.
Seven people said they have gun permits. Two said they have or use firearms for hunting only but don't have a permit.
Everyone agreed there are rules to follow with firearms.
Potential jurors were also asked about loud music. One woman said she doesn't like it and she is considerate of others around her. She said if someone is playing music too loud, she would address it. Another man said he would too.
When asked about race, one man asked, "Does the law give different views on age/race?"
All those questioned agreed to give a fair trial to Dunn and the victims.
The judge presiding over the trial is hopeful a jury of 12 and four alternates could be seated by late Wednesday and the trial could be completed by the end of next week.
The jury will be sequestered.
Dunn is accused of first-degree murder in the Nov. 23, 2012, shooting death of Davis during what was described as a dispute over loud music coming from an SUV full of teenagers parked outside a Southside convenience store.