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Media Roundtable: Retrial Of Michael Dunn Begins

Michael Dunn in court.

Michael Dunn, Mayor Alvin Brown and Senator John Thrasher are making headlines this week.

Jurors heard opening statements and several witnesses for the prosecution Thursday in the closely-watched retrial of Michael Dunn.

Dunn is being tried again on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

In court Thursday, Assistant State Attorney John Guy said Dunn fired three shots out his car window into an SUV with teenagers inside after exchanging words over loud music, then got out and fired another seven shots as the Dodge Durango pulled away.

Defense attorney Waffa Hanania, however, told jurors that Dunn acted instinctively to protect himself from an angry young man who he believed pointed a shotgun out the window of the SUV.

Joining us on our regular Friday roundtable to discuss this and other stories from the week was our panel of local journalists:

Other topics include a new natural gas project the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce said will create 10,000 jobs on the First Coast, Mayor Alvin Brown traveling to a fundraising event in New York the night of the City Council's final vote on next year's city budget, and State Senator John Thrasher being chosen the next president of FSU by the school's board of trustees.

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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.