Michael Dunn was found guilty of First Degree Murder of Jordan Davis yesterday. I honestly have to say that I’m surprised that he was convicted on First Degree and not Second Degree murder when you look at the actual Florida law that defines Murder.
In First Degree Murder, the law states “When perpetrated from a premeditated design to effect the death of the person killed or any human being” whereas Second Degree drops the premeditation from consideration.
I don’t think Dunn had any premeditated desire to kill anyone the night of the shooting. I think the confrontation ended up being a verbal altercation that got way out of control much faster than Dunn could control. I can’t answer to whether he felt threatened at the time of the shooting or not, but his actions following the shooting don’t really give me the confidence that he had any fear of his life.
His actions after the shooting, as described in the original trial, makes me think he was indifferent towards shooting at a truck full of Black teens. There was no concern to contact the authorities about any “fear” that he felt. He didn’t even bother to check to see if he harmed anyone. He simply went on about his business as though nothing happened.
I feel good that the parents of Jordan Davis got to see the killer of their child convicted. It seems that some people don’t value the lives of young Black men, so I take solace that the members of this jury treated him as any other American instead of casting him off as a thug or hoodlum.
Dunn deserves to be in prison for what he did. He affected the lives of people that he didn’t have to. He took the life of a teen that didn’t deserve to be treated that way. His cold and callous behavior after pulling the trigger shows he felt no remorse, and he even offered that during the trial in his testimony.
Rest in Peace Jordan. Your murderer will most likely never see freedom for the rest of his life.