Jury to resume deliberations Friday in Michael Dunn murder trial

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 13 2014 04:08:19 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 13 2014 07:39:36 PM EST

As the jury deliberates first-degree murder and other charges against Michael Dunn and asks to view surveillance video and the mannequin used during the prosecution's testimony, the defense attorney talks to the media.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

After a full day of deliberations, the jury in the Michael Dunn murder trial will continue again Friday.

The 12 jurors spent about eight and a half hours Thursday deliberating, asking several questions throughout the day. They will resume at 9 a.m. Friday.

As the jury deliberated the first-degree murder and other charges against Dunn, in a courtroom next door his attorney talked to the media late Thursday morning.

"We are hoping that we have a brave jury," Cory Strolla said. "They have a hard job, but we hope they make the right decision."

Defense attorney Strolla said Dunn was in good spirits as he waits for a verdict.

"He is sitting behind a courtroom in a jail cell waiting for the jury," Stroll said of his client. "This is the hard part. It's out of our hands. There's nothing we can do. He's in good spirits; he's holding up. It's in the jury's hands and I have to respect that."

The defense attorney said the state resorted heavily on emotion, not on facts.

"I think it was an overcharge -- there was no premeditation," Stolla said. "This was a clear-cut case of self-defense."

Strolla said the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office did not investigate this case as well as it should have because it had the attitude that this was just another shooting in the murder capital of Florida.

The attorney added that this case should not have drawn the attention it has.

"I personally believe there's a lot vested in the outcome of this case politically," Cory Strolla said. "Had we never heard about George Zimmerman, I don't think you or I would be standing in this courtroom talking about Mr. Dunn."

John Phillips, attorney for Davis' parents, said the family remains positive despite Strolla and and Dunn painting Jordan as a bad kid who was brandishing a shotgun.

"They're doing OK, but they're reliving the most tragic night of their lives, and it's hard," Phillips said, adding that family remains hopeful. "Anything that puts this man in jail for the rest of his life is justice."

Prosecutors have repeatedly said they will not make any comment until after the jury makes its decision.

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