Florida man charged with killing unarmed teenager takes the stand
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 01:32
Feb. 11 - Man tried in connection to the Nov. 23, 2012 shooting that killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis, says he acted in self defense. Gavino Garay reports.
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Michael Dunn is taking the stand.
He's the 47-year-old Florida man charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis over playing loud music in a gas station parking lot.
Dunn and his fiancée were on their way back from his son's wedding and stopped at a gas station to buy white wine when the incident took place.
Dunn allegedly asked the men in the car to turn down the music. He says they did, but soon after began to use expletives and turned the volume back up.
Surveillance video shows Dunn making a purchase at the gas station, then gunshots were heard shortly after.
Dunn told the Jury on Tuesday that he opened fire because he thought Davis had a gun and was exiting his car to kill him.
(SOUNDBITE) MICHAEL DUNN SAYING:
"This was a panic moment as I testified, I had a young man threatening to kill me, multiple times, getting out of the car saying it was 'going down now' and getting out with a weapon, so I was in sheer terror."
Police found no weapon in the vehicle, following the incident.
Dunn says he did "nothing wrong" and was acting in self-defense.
Among other counts, he's being tried on one count of first degree murder.
Numerous comparisons have been drawn between his case, and the prosecution of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
Both cases include unarmed black teenagers who were killed by men who believed their lives were in danger.
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