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Juror No. 8: Dunn guilty of second-degree murder

Posted: February 20, 2014 - 8:09pm  |  Updated: February 21, 2014 - 5:54pm
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The second juror from the Michael Dunn murder trial to go public agreed with her predecessor: Dunn murdered Jordan Davis.

She hopes the jury in the retrial will be able to agree on a verdict on the first-degree murder charge.

Creshuna Miles, 21, known as juror No. 8, told CNN she would have convicted Dunn on second-degree murder, not first-degree as sought by prosecutors.

Miles and the rest of the jury convicted him of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three teens with Dunn in their car in a Southside convenience store parking lot.

Miles said she thinks the jury made the right decision to come back with a partial verdict because they could not reach an agreement on the first-degree murder charge and she hopes the next jury will be able to do so.

The interview with CNN correspondent Alina Machado lasted about an hour but only an excerpt from the interview was released during “CNN Newsroom” at 3 p.m. A longer version of the interview aired on "Anderson Cooper 360" later Thursday.

Miles is from Riverside with no children. She was one of two black women on the jury.

Machado said she was also the youngest person on the jury.

“I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy.’ Because … that wasn’t the case,” Miles said to Machado.

Related: Juror #4: Majority felt Michael Dunn murdered Jordan Davis; Davis' mother said jury did its best

Jurors deadlocked on whether Dunn, 47, murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis or shot him in self-defense. Judge Russell Healey declared a mistrial on the murder charge on Saturday.

Jurors did convict Dunn of the second-degree attempted murders of Leland Brunson, Tevin Thompson and Tommie Stornes, and also convicted him of a fourth count of firing bullets into the vehicle all four teenagers were in after a confrontation over loud music in November 2012.

Miles told Machado the trial wasn’t about race and that it was about justice.

“When I walked into it [the trial] I just wanted to bring justice to whoever it was,” Miles said in the interview. “If it was Michael Dunn I wanted to bring justice to him. If it was Leland, Tevin, Tommie or Jordan [the teens in the car] I wanted to bring justice to them.”

Machado asked Miles what she thought about people who are saying this was another white guy getting away with killing a black kid and Miles suggested those people don’t know the law.

“They should knowledge themselves on the law,” Miles told Machado.

Miles also told Machado she thinks Dunn is a "good guy" but that he did murder Davis.

She said she thought Dunn was acting in self defense until he continued firing when the vehicle was trying to flee.

The most impressive witness was Dunn's fiancee, Rhonda Rouer, Miles said in the interview.

She also said the jury started the Day with a prayer on Saturday, the final day of deliberation.

Before Miles, juror No. 4 was the first juror to go public in an interview with ABC News’ Byron Pitts earlier this week.

Juror No. 4 only gave her first name, Valerie. She is a home care nurse administrator from Arlington with no children, and said that the original vote was 10-2 on the first-degree murder charge.

She said the two jurors in the minority thought Dunn acted in self-defense and was justified in firing 10 shots into the car occupied by Davis and three friends. Juror No. 4 said the final vote was 9-3 in favor of conviction.

Dunn is scheduled to have a sentencing hearing the week of March 24. He faces a potential 105 years in prison on the four convictions, and under Florida’s minimum mandatory laws must be sentenced to at least 60 years.

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OhPlease987 02/22/14 - 04:11 pm
"In deciding whether the

"In deciding whether the defendant was justified in the use of deadly force, you must judge him by the circumstances by which he was surrounded at the time the force was used. The danger facing the defendant need not have been actual; however, to justify the use of deadly force, the appearance of danger must have been so real that a reasonably cautious and prudent person under the same circumstances would have believed that THE DANGER COULD BE AVOIDED ONLY THROUGH THE USE OF THAT FORCE. Based upon appearances, the defendant must have actually believed that the danger was real."

Gadfly would rather focus on figuring out whether Jordan Davis' window and door were open, than determine if the drunk guy who killed him was justified based on the laws of Florida. He interprets ambiguous evidence as support for his side of the argument. That is a classic case of confirmation bias, my friends.

Gadfly 02/22/14 - 11:38 am
OhPlease posted: "Evidence

OhPlease posted: "Evidence about bullet trajectory and window positions is white noise."...OhPlease

There you have it. OhPlease does not feel the need to consider evidence for self-defense.

Thank you for proving my point that you are suffering from 'confirmation bias' and can not handle the truth.

You have a classic case of 'confirmation bias'. Although OhPlease would never, ever admit to it (which is also proof) at least others got to see it at work.

I pray you never, ever sit on jury duty.

OhPlease987 02/22/14 - 10:26 am
@Gadfly - you need a reality

@Gadfly - you need a reality check. I never called you a liar. I simply tried to explain how the evidence you pointed to is ambiguous and does not come close to proving Dunn was acting in self defense. You only need to look at the jury instructions to see that Dunn's use of deadly force was not justified.

This case isn't political to me, but I always thought liberals are the ones who are "soft on crime" and would be more likely to let a drunk driving liar who killed a kid and fled the scene get away with murder. Aren't you the one exhibiting that behavior? Can you honestly say you would defend a black man as passionately as you have defended Dunn if he drove drunk and shot into a car full of white punks playing loud music then tried to evade the police? I doubt it.

"People display [confirmation] bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position."

Gadfly is a hypocrite.

Gadfly 02/22/14 - 12:12 am
@RandomGuy and OhPlease, What

@RandomGuy and OhPlease,

What is the point? You had many chances to address the physical evidence for self-defense but instead you decided to default to calling Gadfly a liar (how original is that?) and after Gadfly pointed out the trial evidence that anyone can look up you both decided to go off to la, la land.

That is expected of liberals and/or racists suffering from 'confirmation bias'.
Your mental problem has been well documented for over 50 years and dishonest prosecutors prey on it when they know the facts are not on their side.

How can Gadfly debate the facts regarding self-defense with people who care not about the facts for self-defense?

What is sad about all this is; in due time this case will be overturned and yet you two still won't understand your bias against people who won't surrender their lives to thugs who want to kill them.

From whence does such evil come from?
Yes, Gadfly knows.

Sad, so sad.

Still, the T-U still loves you and so does the liberal media.
Does that make you feel any better?

OhPlease987 02/21/14 - 11:45 pm
@Gadfly - I'm neither a

@Gadfly - I'm neither a liberal nor a racist, and I would feel the same way if Dunn was a black man and Davis and his friends were white teenagers playing death metal. Dunn and his fiancé cast doubt on his claim about the shotgun. If there was actually a shotgun, it's their fault no one believes it. They shouldn't have fled. They should have told the cops to look for it. If the jurors don't believe there was a shotgun, then they won't believe Dunn was in imminent danger. Evidence about bullet trajectory and window positions is white noise.

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