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LISTEN: Experts Weigh In As Jury Selection Begins In Michael Dunn Murder Trial

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The spotlight is shining on Jacksonville this morning as jury selection begins in a high-profile murder trial.Michael Dunn, 47, stands accused of shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a confrontation over loud music at a gas station in November 2012.

Media from around the country and the world are downtown covering the trial—it’s become, like the George Zimmerman trial, another flashpoint over race, gun rights, and Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law.

We began today's First Coast Connect with a closer look at what’s unfolding in the courtroom.

Today we welcomed legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Janet Johnson, Rod Sullivan, professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, and Jeffri Anne Wilder, professor of sociology at the University of North Florida specializing in diversity, gender and race issues.

WJCT's Rhema Thompson is live-tweeting today's proceedings in the Michael Dunn trial—you can follow her on Twitter @RhemaThompson.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.