Sep 23 2013
Trial of Jordan Davis’ Shooter Postponed to Next Year as Stand Your Ground Laws Face Congressional Scrutiny
In a case sharing many similarities with the Trayvon Martin shooting, we turn now to the trial of Michael Dunn for the murder of teenager Jordan Davis. The 17 year old African American boy was gunned down last year while he sat in a car listening to music with his friends in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 45 year old white shooter, Michael Dunn claimed to have felt threatened saying one of the car’s occupants brandished a shot gun. Dunn, who initially fled the scene, is using the Stand Your Ground law in his defense. There were no weapons or drugs found in Jordan Davis’ car.
Dunn’s trial was slated to begin today but it was postponed until some time next year in response to a motion by his attorney. A new court date has not been set yet. Meanwhile a number of pre-trial hearings have been scheduled for October.
Another delay ensued last week – a Senate hearing on the Stand Your Ground laws that would have taken place last week would have featured testimony from Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, as well as Lucia McBath, Jordan Davis’ mother. However, the Washington Navyyard shooting ironically pushed Senators to postpone the hearing. A new hearing date has not yet been set.
GUEST: Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis