LIVE COVERAGE: "Loud Music" Murder Trial, Day 5


Welcome to day five of our live coverage of the "loud music" 1st degree murder trial of Michael Dunn in real time. Over at Legal Insurrection we have a three live video feeds.  You can access that page here:  LIVE COVERAGE: "Loud Music" Murder Trial, Day 5 Expectations are that this morning will see the last two defense witnesses. One of these is expected to be some kind of expert on stress reactions, but is a bit of a "surprise witness" from the perspective of the State. A hearing will be held at 8AM to discuss whether to allow this testimony, in the form of a Daubert hearing.

The second witness, I expect, will be the defendant, Michael Dunn himself. At present there seems insufficient--meaning no--evidence of self-defense necessary for the defense to meet its burden of production on the issue of self-defense. If they fail to meet this burden the jury will not be instructed on self-defense and a conviction is certain.

Our end-of-day wrap-up discussing these issues as well as yesterday afternoon's testimony can be found here: “Loud Music” Murder Trial Day 4: Entire Self Defense Narrative At Risk

--Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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