Dunn jury faces new challenge this time without attempted murder as an option

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Opinion

During testimony in the Dunn case on Friday, State Attorney Angela Corey asked Shawn Atkins to demonstrate the shooting position he says Michael Dunn took when he fired at the retreating red Durango immediately after the shooting of Jordan Davis. Atkins took a knee and held an imaginary gun with both hands. It was a pose indicating a deliberate shooting. Those final shots struck the Durango, but injured no one.

During his testimony in the first trial, Michael Dunn explained that final burst by comparing it to “covering fire.” He wanted to make sure no one in the vehicle would shoot back at him. The first jury didn’t buy it, and this second jury probably wouldn’t either, if they were asked to consider it. But they will still ask themselves, why did Dunn continued to fire? Was it out of fear? Or was it out of anger? If they find anger, they may associate that anger with the first shots, making it easier to render a guilty verdict.