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A Florida man charged with shooting a teenager to death over loud music was found guilty in the retrial of his first-degree murder case. The verdict was reached after less than six hours of deliberations.
Michael Dunn, 47, was accused of killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012. He was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder in February, but the jury in that trial was deadlocked on the first-degree murder count. He already faced at least 60 years in prison and, with a conviction of first-degree murder, faces life without parole.
Dunn and his fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, had stopped at a Jacksonville convenience store on their way back from Dunn's son's wedding the night they encountered Davis. Rouer was inside buying chips and wine when Dunn got into an argument with four teens in an SUV next to him and allegedly started shooting when the teens refused to turn down their music. One of the shots killed Davis.
The death of Jordan, who was black, renewed the debate over racial profiling and Florida's self-defense laws. Dunn is white.
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— Elizabeth Chuck