The court moved through five witnesses this morning, as they proceeded with the State’s presentation of its case in the “loud music” first degree murder trial of Michael Dunn, for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

The first four witnesses were all first responders–three police officers and a Fire & Rescue paramedic–who arrived at the scene after the shooting had taken place. In order they were:

Robert Holmes, Patrol Officer, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

(Patrol Officer Robert Holmes)

(Patrol Officer Robert Holmes)

Assistant State Attorney handled the direct examination of Holmes.

(Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson)

(Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson)

William Spicer, Engineer/Paramedic, Jacksonville Fire & Rescue

(William Spicer, Paramedic)

(William Spicer, Paramedic)

State Attorney Angela Corey led the direct examination of Spicer.

(State Attorney Angela Corey)

(State Attorney Angela Corey)

Sergeant Shore, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

(Sergeant Shore, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

(Sergeant Shore, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

ASA Wolfson once again led direct with Shore.

Michael Forster, then-patrolman (currently bailiff), Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

(Patrolman Michael Forster)

(Patrolman Michael Forster)

ASA Wolfson was again on direct for Forster.

For all these first four witnesses, the state’s direct was largely procedural, as well as intending to diminish the ability of defense counsel Cory Strolla to create reasonable doubt on the basis of improper, inadequate, or incompetent investigative practices.  Strolla’s remit on cross-examination was to try to accomplish precisely that objective.

(Defense counsel Cory Strolla)

(Defense counsel Cory Strolla)

It was the fifth witness of the morning, however, that took the greatest time and provided the most interesting testimony.

Kevin Thompson, Durango Passenger

Kevin Thompson was one of the four young men in the Durango when Michael Dunn opened fire. He was seated in the front passenger seat, and directly across from Dunn in the driver’s seat of his Volkswagon.  This was the first witness of the trial able to testify as to the actual events.

(Kevin Thompson, passenger in Durango)

(Kevin Thompson, passenger in Durango)

Assistant State Attorney John Guy, not active since giving the State’s opening, led direct on Thompson.

(Assistant State Attorney John Guy)

(Assistant State Attorney John Guy)

Also present in the court room during Thompson’s testimony were the parents of Jordan Davis, seen here to the left and right behind the woman in the foreground.

(Parents of Jordan Davis)

(Parents of Jordan Davis)

The camera also caught the impassive image of the defendant, Michael Dunn, several times during Thompson’s testimony.

(Defendant Michael Dunn)

(Defendant Michael Dunn)

Well, I’d hoped for a more substantive mid-day wrap-up, but court’s about to start again, so I’ll have to do that in the end-of-day post.

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See you all back in court!


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.