Evidence in Jordan Davis muder case
Michael Dunn accused of shooting 17-year-old in dispute over loud music
Channel 4 is getting a first look at what police found the night 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed the day after Thanksgiving, and the next day when the man accused of killing Davis was arrested.
Davis was shot and killed outside the Gate gas station at Baymeadows Road and Southside Boulevard in what was described as a dispute over loud music coming from the SUV Davis was riding in.
One day later, police arrested 45-year-old Michael Dunn on a charge of first-degree murder. Dunn claimed to officers he was defending himself and his attorney says it will be a "stand your ground" case.
Court records obtained by WJXT show that Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators found five 9mm casings at the parking lot, which prosecutors say came from Dunn's gun. When Dunn was arrested at his Brevard County home, police reported finding a 9mm semiautomatic handgun loaded with five bullets. A search of Dunn's car turned up another 9mm bullet casing.
According to the list provided to prosecutors, also in Dunn's car were eight live rounds in a magazine, a silencer and nun chucks.
Dunn's attorney, Corry Strolla, said the nun chucks and silencer were just novelty items -- collectibles of sort -- and they were not used in the killing at all.
Investigators also went through the SUV that Davis was in when he was shot. Items found included keys, jewelry, change and a pocket knife.
Dunn's attorney says his client saw someone in the SUV pull out what looked to be a shotgun and point it his way -- prompting him to fire in self-defense. According to the evidence list, no firearm was in the vehicle that Dunn fired into.
"It's a very detailed list of witnesses and evidence materials that have been recovered by the police," Channel 4 attorney and legal analyst Ed Birk said.
Birk said the evidence will play a big role in court, but even more important will be statements witnesses gave to police.
"Most of the time defendants want to seal that information at least until the witnesses can be interviewed or their deposition's taken," Birk said.
Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson says the evidence and testimony could swing this case either way, but Dunn's actions after the shooting will also be closely scrutinized.
"Him leaving the scene, not calling the police, and then ultimately leaving town and still not contacting the police does not help him at all -- does not help his case at all," Jefferson said.
While prosecutors believe this is a murder case, Strolla believes witness statements will show his client was only acting in self-defense.
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