JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The man accused of killing a 17-year-old after a dispute over loud rap music testified Tuesday that he was taunted and felt menaced in the moments before the teen’s death.
But Michael David Dunn, on trial for first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder, said he drove off from the gas station after firing 10 shots at the SUV in which Jordan Davis was sitting because he didn’t think anyone had been hurt. He didn’t learn that Davis, 17, had been killed until hours later.
Prior to the shooting on Nov. 23, 2012, Dunn said the teens in the SUV he had words with taunted him and “had menacing expressions” after he had asked them to turn down the music. He thought he saw one of them hold something that appeared to be a shotgun.
"I was in fear for my life,’’ Dunn said. "I had never been threatened, let alone with a firearm,’’ Dunn said. “I was incredulous. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing.”
Dunn is white. Davis was black. The case has drawn comparisons to the 2012 shooting death of another black Floridan teen, Trayvon Martin, killed during a struggle with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. A Florida jury later acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder.