The Michael Dunn trial cost the office of Duval County Clerk of Court Ronnie Fussell $27,752.
Friday the office released a breakdown of the costs associated with the trial.
Most of the money went toward the 16 jurors — the 12 people who decided the case and four alternates — who were sequestered for nine days. Acting Circuit Judge Russell Healey sequestered the jurors because of the media interest in the case and prohibited them from reading newspapers or watching television news while the trial was occurring.
Hotel rooms cost about $13,500, payments to the jurors totalled $7,300 and food was about $5,200.
Other money went toward supplies, personnel and the clerk of courts website.
The money came from funding the office gets from the state, said clerk of courts spokesman Charlie Broward.
While it was expensive for the clerk, the office was prepared and won’t need to make any cutbacks in other areas to deal with the situation, Broward said.
The money spent by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the city of Jacksonville for the trial has not yet been released. Bailliffs with the Sheriff’s Office were required to guard the jurors 24 hours a day while the trial was occurring and the city had an incident command center at the fire department to deal with anything that happened during the trial.
Dunn, 47, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and firing bullets into a vehicle, but jurors deadlocked on whether he was guilty of murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Dunn claimed Davis had a gun and threatened to kill him, so he fired in self-defense. The other teenagers in the vehicle with Davis and witnesses in the Southside Gate gas station where the shooting occurred said Davis never had a gun, and Dunn became enraged when Davis cursed him after he asked the teenagers to turn down their music.
Larry Hannan: (904) 359-4470