TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida appeals court is upholding the conviction of a white man who shot a Jacksonville teenager after an argument over loud music.
The 1st District Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected an argument from lawyers representing Michael Dunn that he was acting in self-defense when he killed Jordan Davis in November 2012.
Dunn’s attorneys argued that the state failed to present evidence contradicting his self-defense claims.
Authorities say Dunn fired 10 times at the SUV Davis was riding in after the two argued over the loud rap music coming from the 17-year-old’s vehicle. Dunn was sentenced to life in prison.
The three judges on the panel said the state presented sufficient evidence to contradict Dunn’s account, including witness testimony that there was no visible gun in Davis’ car.