Even though it’s been 21 months since her son was killed, it’s still jarring for Lucia McBath when she see’s the man who shot her son walk into a courtroom.
But McBath, who’s been at every pretrial hearing and sat through a two-week murder trial that ended in a jury deadlocking on whether Michael David Dunn was guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, said she still prays for Dunn.
“I don’t expect to ever see any remorse out of him,” McBath said. “But I pray that he finds peace.”
McBath spoke after Dunn, 47, was back in a Jacksonville courtroom Monday four weeks before his retrial.
Circuit Judge Russell Healey plans to have at least one more pretrial hearing Sept. 8 before jury selection is scheduled to begin Sept. 22. The judge also set a deadline of Sept. 2 for any evidentiary motions in the case.
A jury hung on whether Dunn was guilty of first-degree murdering during his first trial in February. But it did convict the Brevard County man of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at teenagers Tevin Thompson, Tommie Stornes and Leland Brunson in the same vehicle as Davis.
Dunn is accused of killing Davis at a Southside Gate gas station in November 2012 while in town for his son’s wedding. Dunn fired at Davis and his friends during a dispute over the teens’ blaring music.
Dunn maintains he was threatened and saw a gun, so he defended himself. Only Davis was hit.
The friends with Davis and other witnesses said there wasn’t a gun in the teenagers’ sport-utility vehicle. The case has drawn international attention because Dunn is white and all four teenagers are black.
McBath and Jordan’s father, Ron Davis, have been a regular presence in court throughout the ordeal. But Ron Davis was absent Monday, only the second time he’s missed a court date, because he’s in Missouri supporting the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot by police this month.
McBath said she had wanted to go to Missouri as well but decided she should be in court Monday.
“It is ironic that we have this hearing on the same day that Michael Brown’s funeral occurs,” she said.
McBath has become a gun-control advocate since her son’s death, calling for the repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
Larry Hannan: (904) 359-4470