Jordan Davis Case: Michael Dunn Testifies, Was Drinking Before Shooting

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 02/12/2014 | 10:15 AM EST

Dunn took the stand in the murder of 17-year-old, says “it was life or death”

Michael Dunn testified in the first-degree murder trial involving the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.


Dunn, 47, says he fired his gun at the Dodge Durango that Davis and three friends were in because he saw Davis reach down, pick up and slam an object against the rear passenger door where he was sitting. According to Dunn, the four-inch object appeared to be a firearm and he was repeatedly threatened, as someone said, “You’re dead.”


Authorities found nine bullet holes in the SUV, three of which hit Davis, who died shortly after the shooting. Dunn had been arguing with the teens over their loud music, which he called “obnoxious.”


During his testimony, Dunn says he drove away from the scene and did not call 911 because he didn’t think “anybody was hurt,” claiming that he wanted to take his fiancee Rhonda Rouer home to “sanctuary.”


Dunn’s fiancee’s testimony, however, reveals that they had been drinking rum at a wedding not too long before the incident. Rouer also previously said that Dunn did not mention to her that he thought the teens had a gun.


Though Dunn alluded that Davis was about to get out of the car, investigators concluded that the entry point and path of the bullet that killed Davis made it unlikely that he was standing outside the SUV when he was shot. A toxicology report also found that Davis had no signs of drugs or alcohol in his body.

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