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

ABC News

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.

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

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Patrick Donges served as WJCT's Digital Content Editor from August 2013 - August 2014.