Michael Dunn’s retrial for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis will commence September 22, despite calls from the defense for a change of venue due to prior widespread media coverage, a Circuit Judge Russell Healy ruled on Thursday.
Dunn, 47, claimed he was acting in self defense when he shot the teen during a dispute over loud rap music.
Judge Healy said at a hearing on Thursday that he would attempt to seat an impartial jury before ruling on the defense’s request for a venue change, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Michael Dunn testified at his original trial that he started shooting after he felt scared for his life, after he thought he saw the barrel of a gun in the back window as the teen started getting out of the car. No gun was ever found in the SUV.
Dunn faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder convictions.