Jurors in the trial of a white Florida man who fatally shot a black teenager over loud music said on their fourth day of mulling the case that they reached a verdict on four of five counts, but cannot come to a consensus on one count of first-degree murder.
Michael Dunn, 47, says he was acting in self-defense when he shot at an SUV 10 times while parked next to four teens at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in November 2012.
The shots killed Jordan Davis, 17, of Marietta, Ga. Dunn is charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of firing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle.
The jury did not reveal the verdicts they reached on the four lesser counts, and must reconvene to reach a final verdict on the deadlocked first-degree murder charge.
Judge Russell Healey told the jurors he wanted them to go back into the jury room and express the weakness of each of their arguments. He reiterated that the jury can lawfully choose to disagree on the first-degree murder verdict, and if they do, he will declare a mistrial on the single count.
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