As the jury breaks for the night Wednesday in the Michael Dunn case, people who have been watching the trial closely are spending the night contemplating what the final verdict will be.
It was a long final day of arguing in the courtroom -- a sign this trial is almost at an end, and the family of Jordan Davis is preparing for whatever the jury decides.
“We’ll wait until tomorrow, be back tomorrow and we’ll see what happens there,” said Ron Davis, Jordan Davis’ father, as he left court this evening. “It went good, we’ll wait for the big day tomorrow. That’s all I have to say.”
John Phillips is the lawyer for the Davis family. He said family members understand there is a real possibility that there could be a hung jury, meaning Dunn would not be convicted.
“(It was a) heart-wrenching day. Light at the end of the tunnel is here,” said Phillips. “We don’t know how long it will take for the jury to reach the verdict. The fact that they want to see more evidence, video is great. They’re being so methodical, so we’re going to be here every minute. Wait for a verdict.”
Dunn’s family members would not speak as they left court Wednesday night, and neither would prosecutors John Guy or Erin Wolfson, but the Davis family lawyer thinks the closing arguments were strong.
“Aaron was very methodical in her closing,” said Phillips. “And John, he was like lawyer’s lawyer today.”
Before the jury went home for the night the judge decided he will keep all four alternate jurors for at least one more day. There had been some talk about dismissing two of them.
Court will resume Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with attorneys and jury deliberations beginning at 10 a.m.