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Ron Davis Speaks Out Against "Stand Your Ground"


On the 10-month anniversary of his son's shooting death, the father of slain Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis spoke out against Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law on First Coast Connect.

"I think the law needs to be changed," said Ron Davis.

"The way it is now, the only version of events that gets a fair hearing in court is the version of the person who pulled the trigger. The victim's voice isn't heard."

Michael Dunn, the Brevard County man who's accused accused of killing 17-year-old Jordan, made another court appearance last week.

Police say he shot at a car full of unarmed teens — including Jordan — after a confrontation over loud music in Nov. 2012.

Also last week, Jordan’s mother and the mother of Florida teen Trayvon Martin had to postpone testimony about the Florida Stand Your Ground law in a Capitol Hill hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday.

The hearing was put off because of the mass shooting tragedy in the Washington D.C. Navy Yard and has yet to be rescheduled.

The Jacksonville attorney for Jordan’s parents, John Phillips, called the postponement “bitterly ironic.”

Meanwhile, Davis says he'll continue to speak out and keep his son's memory alive. "He was a great, funny kid," he said.

"You go back in your mind, all the way to when he was just a baby, just a little boy. Last night's anniversary was very tough for us."

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.