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Michael Dunn has sentencing delayed, retrial set for May

Michael Dunn in court, Feb. 15, 2014. AP

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A judge on Friday granted Michael Dunn, the Florida man convicted of attempted murder in a confrontation over loud music, a sentencing delay and scheduled Dunn's retrial for May 5, reports CBS affiliate WTEV.

Dunn, 47, was scheduled to be sentenced on March 24 but his attorneys sought to delay the sentencing until after he's tried again on a first-degree murder charge.

Dunn was charged with fatally shooting Davis, of Marietta, Ga., in 2012 outside a Jacksonville convenience store after the argument over loud music coming from the SUV occupied by Davis and three friends. The teens were black. Dunn, who is white, had described the music to his fiancée as "thug music."

A mistrial was declared on the murder charge against Dunn after jurors deliberated for four days. The 12 jurors found him guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

He is being retried on the murder count.

Dunn already faces a maximum of 60 years in prison for the attempted murder charges on which he already has been convicted.

Defense attorney Cory Strolla argued during a hearing Monday for Dunn's sentencing to be delayed on the grounds that statements Dunn makes at a sentencing hearing could be used against him in his second trial.

Strolla also said Monday he is stepping down as Dunn's attorney and asked Judge Russell Healey to appoint public defenders.

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