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“Loud Music” Murder Trial Begins: Meet the Jurors

“Loud Music” Murder Trial Begins: Meet the Jurors

Ten women and six men empaneled, of various ethnicities and backgrounds

The Florida “loud music” murder trial begins at Noon today.

As you’ll recall, 47-year-old Michael Dunn is charged with 1st degree murder (FL Statute 782.04) in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, and the attempted murder of three of Davis’ companions, all of whom were also struck by bullets.  Dunn claims that he fired in self-defense.  The State argues that Dunn killed only because he objected to the youths’ loud music.

State Attorney Angela Corey (pictured above) will be leading the prosecution in the court room, along with Assistant State Attorney John Guy.  The defense counsel is Attorney Cory Strolla.

Attorney Michael Dunn, speaking to defendant Michael Dunn in "loud music" murder trial

(Attorney Cory Strolla, speaking to defendant Michael Dunn)

The jury selection process was completed yesterday, with 16 jurors empaneled.  Although no video or audio was broadcast during voir dire (in sharp contrast to the Zimmerman trial), thanks to the excellent on-location work of journalist Stephanie Brown of WOKV, we enjoy some understand of the jurors’ profiles and possible perspectives.

Juror J7

Juror J10

Juror J12

Juror J18

Juror J23

Juror J36

Juror J46

Juror J55

Juror J62

Juror J64

Juror J67

Juror J70

Juror J73

Juror J82

Juror J83

Juror J87

Which of the 16 jurors will eventually form the final 12 person jury to deliberate and which will find themselves to be alternates will likely not be disclosed, or even determined, until after closing arguments.

Another notable observation by Ms. Brown:  Although many of the jurors have experience shooting and owning firearms, it seems that none of them possess a concealed carry license:


Ms. Brown will also be live tweeting from the court house, using the handle @NewsAndNom.

We will also be live tweeting the trial, but remotely, thanks to the live broadcast to be hosted by @ActionNewsJax. (I’ll post the link to the live feed when it’s made available.) 

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, (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.


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NC Mountain Girl | February 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

That picture of Angela Corey could be patented as an appetite suppressant. I skipped breakfast but after seeing that I am in no hurry for lunch.

Good one!

MouseTheLuckyDog | February 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

When are the opening statements going to begin?

MouseTheLuckyDog | February 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Things that are sticking out to me:
tripod? Did they have a camera? Can a tripod be used as a makeshift stand for a shotgun?

Interviewing witnesses with leading questions. Yesterday I searching youtube for voir dire videos, I found a video of one of the witnesses
and sort listened in the background. After a short while I thought, she’s putting words in the guys mouth not asking him what happened. I then realized that she was just asking a bunch of leading questions. I was surprised that cops were allowed to conduct interviews like that. Certainly it would not be allowed in court.