Jury to be sequestered in trial for Michael Dunn

Published On: Feb 03 2014 10:35:53 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 03 2014 04:48:23 PM EST

Michael Dunn is on trial - accused of murdering 17- year-old Jordan Davis at a Southside gas station in November 2012.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The judge on Monday said jurors will be sequestered during the first-degree murder trial for Michael Dunn, who is accused of murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a November 2012 dispute over loud music.

Dunn claimed he shot in self defense after seeing a gun inside the vehicle Davis was riding in. Authorities found no gun in the SUV.

The case is garnering international attention not just because of the similarities to the case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, but also because the prosecutor in the case is the same: State Attorney Angela Corey.

180 media credentials have been issued for the trial for news organizations from across the country including Al-Jazeera America, Fox News, The Associated Press and CBS.

Journalists covering the trial are objecting to an order requiring reporters to be out of the courtroom during jury selection.

An attorney for The Florida Times-Union and First Coast News on Monday told the judge presiding over the case that reporters must be allowed in the courtroom during jury selection.

Under the current plan, reporters can listen to an audio feed of the jury selection in another courtroom.

On Friday, officials began accepting names for a lottery for the few seats available to the public for the trial. The public will not be allowed to watch jury selection.

Members of the public who want to attend must enter a lottery the day before they wish to attend. They must re-enter that lottery every time they wish to attend.

Applications for the public lottery are accepted online at MichaelDunnTrial.com or at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dunn initially told police that he asked Davis and three other teens, who were in an SUV parked next to him at the Gate station on Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road, to turn down their music. Dunn said he heard threats from the teens and saw a gun in their car.

He said he feared for his safety and that's why he grabbed his gun and fired into the vehicle.

Police said they found no gun inside the teens' vehicle and that Dunn fired his gun eight or nine times.

Dunn has been charged with first-degree murder in Davis' death and also faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting at the three others in the vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty.

Dunn has since written a letter saying the case  "has never been about loud music."

After the shooting, Dunn's original attorney, Robin Lemonidis, told CNN that Dunn was reacting to what he said was a gun being drawn.

"When all the evidence has been fleshed out, I believe that it will be extremely clear that Mr. Dunn acted as any responsible firearm owner would have under the same circumstances," Lemonidis said at the time.

Dunn's current attorney is Cory Strolla.

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