Judge: State won't pay for Michael Dunn's defense

Dunn charged with murder in 17-year-old Jordan Davis' shooting death

Published On: May 03 2013 05:28:28 PM EDT   Updated On: May 04 2013 02:06:50 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A judge ruled Friday that taxpayers will not pay Michael Dunn's legal fees in his first-degree murder case in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Dunn's lawyer wanted the state to pay his legal fees since he's no longer employed and has no current income.  But Judge Suzanne Bass denied his attorney's motion that Dunn be declared indigent.  

Bass ruled that Dunn's parents' $100,000 commitment for legal costs shows he can pay for his own defense in this murder case.

Police say Michael Dunn fired eight shots into an SUV carrying Jordan and three other teenagers outside a Baymeadows Road gas station in November.

In video evidence released by the State Attorney's office Dunn claims he felt threatened by the teenagers after a verbal altercation about loud music coming from their SUV.