“Loud Music” Murder Trial Day 5: Dunn Testifies, Defense Rests
Today the Dunn trial managed to wrap up all of the evidence to be presented to the jury, including a bit of rebuttal evidence once the defense had rested. All the criminal charges--first degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, and firing into an occupied vehicle--are moving forward, as is the legal defense of self-defense. Notable today was the testimony of the defendant, Michael Dunn. On direct he recounted the events leading up to, during, and following his shooting of of Jordan Davis, as was necessary if he hoped to get a self-defense jury instruction. He was unshaken by the ~ 3 hours of cross-examination of Assistant State Attorney John guy.
In my opinion, however, he came across as cool, aloof, and lacking in empathy. This would normally be a small matter, except that the sole evidence of self-defense comes from his own testimony, and his credibility is already seriously damaged by his flight from the scene and his failure to contact police be he was arrested by them.
The video of Strolla's direct questioning of Dunn is below. Guy's cross-examination starts at the 1:30:00 mark, and continues on the subsequent video embeds:
The cross examination of Dunn by Guy ends at the 00:33:00 mark in this third video:
Closing arguments are scheduled for 10AM tomorrow morning, with perhaps some final argument ironing out the jury instructions beforehand. We'll be live here at Legal Insurrection whatever time court starts up and the video feed is live.
For the full-length wrap-up of the day's events in the Michael Dunn murder trial, click on over to my post at Legal Insurrection:
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