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The case is drawing comparisons to Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. On November 23, 2012, 45-year old Michael Dunn fired 8 shots into an SUV carrying 17-year old Jordan Davis and three of his friends. Davis was killed on the scene after being hit by 2 bullets. None of his friends were injured.
As we previously reported, the incident was sparked by an argument over loud music. Dunn and his girlfriend had pulled into a Jacksonville gas station next to the SUV. He wanted the young men to turn their music down. During the argument Dunn claimed he saw a shotgun sticking out of the rear window of the SUV. That's when he grabbed his 9mm pistol and began shooting.
Dunn fled the scene the scene with his girlfriend. The two later checked into a hotel and ordered pizza. Dunn was arrested several days later at his home in Satellite Beach, Florida. He faces charges of first-degree murder in Davis' death and three counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting at the other three teens in the SUV.
A subsequent search by police of the teen's SUV revealed there was no guns inside their vehicle.
Dunn claims he acted in self defense.
"We are relying on Justifiable Use of Deadly Force as an affirmative defense," his attorney, Cory Strolla, told CNN.
A jury has been selected and opening statements will begin on Thursday (February 6).
'Loud music' murder trial begins