Magistrate Weighs Cost Of Michael Dunn's Jail Calls

Feb 5, 2014

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Journalists are arguing that fees the State Attorney's Office wants to charge for the release of Michael Dunn's jailhouse calls are exorbitant.

Journalists are going before a magistrate in Jacksonville on Wednesday to argue the jailhouse calls should be released before the start of Dunn's trial later this week for fatally shooting a teen outside a convenience store.

Jury selection already is under way in Dunn's first-degree murder trial. Opening statements could begin later this week.

An appellate court ruled that the jailhouse recordings must be released.

But the State Attorney's Office wants to charge more than $6,000 and says it could take several weeks to review the recordings and remove personal information such as Social Security numbers.

Authorities say an argument over loud music led to the shooting.

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