The Michael Dunn Trial
10:54 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Juror Says Deadlock In Michael Dunn Trial Over First-Degree Murder Charge Was Immediate

The first juror in the Michael Dunn murder trial to speak to the media described tense discussion and raised voices in the more than 30 hours of deliberations that led to the conviction of Dunn on three attempted murder charges.

"Valerie" - the first juror from the Michael Dunn murder trial to speak to the press following the verdict spoke with ABC News this week.
"Valerie" - the first juror from the Michael Dunn murder trial to speak to the press following the verdict spoke with ABC News this week.
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She told ABC's Nightline that jurors were immediately deadlocked on the charge of first-degree murder due to the belief of two jurors that Dunn had acted in self-defense. 

Juror #4, who asked to be identified on the show as "Valerie" told ABC News in an exclusive interview that two jurors immediately believed Dunn was justified in his shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Valerie said she was in the majority of jurors who believed there was another way for Dunn to have resolved the situation that did not include shooting at Davis and the three other teens in the vehicle.

"We looked at a lot of evidence – and myself, it was where the gunshots were, the timing. Could he have had other options? To me, [the shooting] was unnecessary," she said.

You can watch the complete interview online at ABCNews.com.

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