Juror No. 4 believes Michael Dunn was guilty
'Valerie' says some jurors believed Dunn's story of self-defense
One of the jurors who convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder after he fired into an SUV outside a Southside Gate convenience store believes he should have been convicted of first-degree murder.
"I believed he was guilty," Valerie said in an interview with ABC's "Nightline" early Wednesday. Also known as juror No. 4, she asked that her full name not be given in order to protect her identity.
A jury on Saturday night convicted Dunn of three charges of attempted murder for shooting at three teenagers in an SUV and one count of shooting into the vehicle on Nov. 23, 2012.
But a separate murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis resulted in a hung jury. Prosecutor Angela Corey said she plans to seek a new trial on the charge sometime in May.
Dunn faces 60 years or more in prison for the attempted murder charges when he's sentenced next month.
Split over self-defense
On the murder charge, Valerie said the jury split over the issue of self-defense. Dunn claims he saw a shotgun in the back seat of the SUV and Davis threatened to kill him.
Florida law says the use of deadly force is justifiable if someone reasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.
In his testimony, Dunn insisted that Davis was getting out of the SUV after threatening him when Dunn got his handgun out of the glove compartment and fired 10 shots, nine of them hitting the vehicle. Three struck Davis.
Police never found a weapon in the SUV and no other witnesses reported seeing any of the boys with a weapon.
Valerie said the jury's first vote was 10-2 in favor of a murder conviction. Over nearly 30 hours of deliberations, the vote became 9-3.
Ultimately, the jury convicted Dunn on the charges of attempted murder.
Valerie said all the jurors felt Dunn crossed a line when he continued to fire at the SUV as it fled the scene. In their minds, any threat Dunn may have felt before had passed.
"We all believed that there was another way out, another option," she said.
But for Valerie, it never should have happened at all. Dunn could have chosen another path.
"Roll your window up, ignore the taunting, put your car in reverse ... move a parking spot over. That's my feeling," she said.
In a statement regarding the juror's interview, the state attorney's office said, "The trial team has the deepest appreciation for the hard work done by the twelve jurors and four alternate jurors on this case. We thank them for their time and their service."
Davis family on network morning shows
Jordan Davis' parents -- Ron Davis and Lucia McBath -- made appearances on Good Morning America and other network shows Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time since the night of the verdict.
"We know that the jurors, when they walked in that room to deliberate, we know without a doubt that they were posed with a very delicate but a profound decision that they had to make," McBath said on ABC. "And we believe, absolutely with all our hearts, that they did everything that they could to come to what they believe was the most just decision. We do now know that they were torn. But they've done the best that they can with the tools that they had at that time. And of course, each one of them believes what they believe. And so that's what we have to stand on."
Ron Davis was asked how they can remain calm and rational when the murder charge in their son's death ended in a mistrial.
"People don't realize that the justice in the court system is not the ultimate justice. God gives you justice," Davis said. "You know, and when people have indifference to life, we know people fight so hard to live. Just think about how a person like Michael Dunn will be so callous as to just disregard the life of Jordan Davis -- you know just throw it away like it was nothing. 'You didn't do what I told you to do, I'm gonna shoot you.' And so justice on Earth is one justice, but always look to God to be the ultimate justice."
"I believe the facts to everybody in the world show that this guy had indifference towards my son and just killed him and continued to shoot at the boys in the car," Davis said.
Asked about their next move, McBath said: "Justice for Jordan will be, ultimately, really when we change the laws. Because that will be not just justice for Jordan and justice for Trayvon (Martin), and justice for all the children at Sandy Hook, and justice for Aurora, and justice for Virginia Tech, and the Navy Yard. It will be justice for everyone that has suffered because of these laws and will continue to suffer. So once the laws are changed, that's the ultimate justice, for all."
When asked what she would say to Jordan Davis' parents, Valerie said, "I would say I am sorry. Of course, nothing will bring back their son. I hope that they feel that we didn't do them a disservice."
Race never discussed in jury room
The juror who spoke to ABC said there was no discussion of the race of the defendant or the accused during deliberations.
"It's not surprising to me. This is not -- as much as race has played a part of all of this and we have an African-American child that was killed and a white man who shot him, this was not charged as a race crime," said attorney Gene Nichols, who provided legal analysis throughout the trial. "The state attorney's office was not required to charge this, to bring any sort of action that would suggest that this was a hate crime or this was done because of race. Ms. Corey never wanted this to become a race issue."
Gas station confrontation
It was Nov. 23, 2012, when Michael Dunn pulled into a gas station in Jacksonville, parking next to a red Dodge Durango with four teenagers inside.
The teens had come in for gum and cigarettes; Dunn, meanwhile, had just left his son's wedding with his fiancée, who'd gone inside the convenience store for wine and chips.
Dunn didn't like the loud music -- "rap crap," as he called it -- coming from the teens' SUV. So he asked them to turn it down.
What followed next depends on whom you believe. Dunn says Davis threatened him, and he decided to take matters into his own hands upon seeing what he thought was the barrel of a gun sticking out of the Durango.
But prosecutors say it was Dunn who lost control, firing three volleys of shots -- 10 bullets total -- at the SUV over music he didn't like.
After learning almost six hours later that he had killed Davis, Dunn testified that he became "crazy with grief," experiencing stomach problems for about four hours before taking a nap.
"My intent was to stop the attack, not necessarily end a life," he testified. "It just worked out that way."
Yet Rouer testified that Dunn had never mentioned any weapon to her -- be it a shotgun, a stick, a barrel or a lead pipe.
In fact, police found a basketball, basketball shoes, clothing, a camera tripod and cups inside the teenagers' Durango. There was no gun in the vehicle.
Dunn never called police. The first contact he had with them was at his home in Satellite Beach as he was being apprehended.
Arguing that he wasn't in a rational state of mind, Dunn admitted, "It makes sense that I should have (contacted authorities). We didn't. I can't tell you why."
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