Some of you may remember this case. Michael Dunn was charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of murder in the first degree after shooting at a group of teens he confronted over loud music at a Florida gas station in 2012. Dunn was convicted earlier this year for the three counts of attempted murder but, the jury deadlocked on the 1st degree murder charge and the judge declared a mistrial.
With all the other goings on of the world, no one noticed Dunn was retried for 1st degree murder. As of yesterday, Dunn was convicted on that charge for the shooting death of Jordan Davis, an adolescent male that Dunn claimed was getting out of the car and producing a weapon when Dunn opened fire. One of the things that led to Dunn’s conviction for the original attempted murder charges is the fact he continued shooting at a vehicle that by all accounts, was trying to get away from him by the time he fired his last four rounds. There was no articulable threat at that point and Dunn exhibited post offense behavior that made his self-defense claims a little difficult to swallow. Specifically, he went home before police arrived and made no effort to contact police before they knocked on his door to arrest him.
It can be argued that Dunn is suffering a from biases in the wake of the Zimmerman case but, unlike the Zimmerman case, there were witnesses to the original incident. Zimmerman also did not leave the scene of the shooting. There was also little evidence that alcohol might have been a factor in George Zimmerman’s decision to shoot Trayvon Martin.
With this conviction, Dunn now faces life in prison. Much like the Marissa Alexander case, the use of a firearm means there’s a minimum sentence of 25 years because a firearm was involved. Surely there will be a request for an appeal but, it may be a tough sell among potential jurors in Florida.
It could be a total fabrication. Just plain media bias. It really could. Once. Maybe twice. Possibly even three times. But Zimmerman can’t seem to stay below the radar. Seriously, dude. Find a hole. Crawl in. Pull over a rock. Stay there!
You can name just about any other person who has gone to trial for murder, been acquitted, and walked away…Most have gone on to live their lives in relative obscurity. The lone exception that comes to mind immediately is O.J. Simpson. And we all know how that one ended, or will end. Quite honestly, it seems Zimmerman is probably headed in the same direction.
Gee, Chief…Back track often? Just last week you’d said anyone participating in a neighborhood watch would not be allowed to carry. I get it. You have to cover your butt and that of the city. If you endorse people carrying, you think that puts the city on the hook when someone get’s shot. It doesn’t but, that’s the angle you’ll work. It’s not the first time we’ve heard similar policies associated with neighborhood watch programs for that reason. It’s also not the first time a police chief voiced a desire to limit 2nd Amendment rights and realized he’d just swallowed his own foot.
Really, George? I know what a bunch of you are thinking. Innocent until proven guilty! And the man was acquitted but, damn. You’d think you’d go out of your way to keep your nose clean and avoid any and all trouble or controversy after the experience Zimmerman had over the last 18 months.
An I again recognize it may not be a popular position but, I for one have never felt comfortable with the “hero” status this milk toast butterball has enjoyed in many conservative social circles. There are those of us who do not hold him blameless in the shooting that turned into a national circus but, in the interest of justice, we couldn’t see hanging a man when the evidence did not support a murder conviction or even voluntary manslaughter.
None of that meant he wasn’t a bonehead who willingly walked into a situation that got out of hand faster than he thought possible. None of that means he didn’t make decisions that put him in a position where he had to defend himself. May be it’s not fair or overly harsh but, this man’s decision making skills really do seem to be less than optimal.