Reporters Allowed Into Courtroom For Dunn Jury Selection

Feb 4, 2014

Television satellite trucks parked in a vacant lot next to the Duval County Courthouse ready to beam updates in the Michael Dunn murder trial back to their respective newsrooms.
Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The judge in the Michael Dunn murder trial says a jury could be seated by Wednesday, and the trial itself wrapped up by the end of next week.

Judge Russell Healey paused the jury selection process to allow reporters into the courtroom on Tuesday.

Healey originally barred the media from being present while potential jurors were questioned, making them watch the proceedings from another courtroom reserved for reporters.

Nearly 200 credentials have been distributed to local and national media outlets, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is also issuing daily court credentials to members of the public.

The spectators won’t be allowed into the courtroom, however, until after the jury is chosen.

The 47-year-old Dunn is charged with first degree murder in the November 2012 shooting death of 17 year old Jordan Davis in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store.

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