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Man Who Killed Jordan Davis in “Loud Music” Case Sentenced to Life in Prison

Jordan Davis’ parents in court in February.

Photo by Bob Mack/Reuters

Michael Dunn—the 47-year-old Florida man who killed teenager Jordan Davis in 2012 at a gas station after they argued over the volume of the music playing in Davis’ car—was sentenced to life in prison today in a Jacksonville court.

Dunn and Jordan Davis, 17, had argued at a Gate gas station on the day after Thanksgiving in 2012. Davis and his friends were playing loud rap music in a Dodge Durango. Dunn asked them to turn the music down. Davis cursed at Dunn.

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Dunn shot Davis three times and continued firing seven more times as the SUV drove away.

Dunn claimed Davis had a gun, but none was ever recovered, and no witnesses reported seeing one. Davis’ parents did not want Dunn to be executed, and prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

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Dunn was initially convicted only of second-degree murder when his jury could not reach a verdict on first-degree charges, but he was convicted of first-degree murder (for which he was sentenced today) at a retrial.

In February, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick wrote about Davis’ death and Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.* The law’s controversy may have influenced some of the jurors who didn’t vote to convict Dunn of first-degree murder in his first trial.

*Correction, Oct. 17, 2014: This post originally misspelled Dahlia Lithwick’s last name.

Correction, Oct. 20, 2014: This post’s headline originally misstated Dunn’s sentence—he is sentenced to life in prison, not the death penalty.

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