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Michael Dunn in court.

A man convicted in the high-profile shooting death of a teen in a Jacksonville convenience-store parking lot in 2012 is appealing to the Florida Supreme Court. 

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Lucia "Lucy" McBath has won the Democratic nomination in the race for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Ron Davis, father of slain Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis, on the recent rash of children shot in Jacksonville and the renewed call for more gun control (01:15).  

Angie Nixon with Party, Benefit & Jam (PB&J) told us about their upcoming Jam Sessions on major issues facing Jacksonville (27:20).

PS 27 Ventures’ Christine Lee McFaul spoke about their upcoming Female Founders Forum (38:00).  

Director of Events and Programming with Friends of Hemming Park Christina Parrish Stone told us about this weekend’s Get Down(town) event at Hemming (46:00).         



Rejecting self-defense arguments in a case that drew national attention, an appeals court Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man who fatally shot a teen in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store.

We discuss the week's top news stories for the full hour with our roundtable of local journalists.

Joining us are:

  • Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist
  • A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer
  • Lindsey Kilbride, WJCT News reporter
  • Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor

Topics include the Democratic National Convention, a new study about the effect of climate change on Florida's coastal military installation, and more.

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  TALLAHASSEE — Weighing a racially tinged case that drew national attention, an appeals court heard arguments Tuesday about whether Michael Dunn was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot teenager Jordan Davis in 2012 in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store.

November 23 marks the third anniversary of the shooting of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis. Davis was killed on Black Friday, 2012, after a gas station altercation with Michael Dunn over loud music.

Davis was an African-American teen. Dunn, who is white, is currently serving a life sentence in the killing. However, he controversially was tried twice for the murder, with a jury deadlocking on a first-degree murder charge the first time around.

HBO is marking the anniversary tonight as the cable channel debuts the new documentary "3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets," which details Davis' death and Dunn's trials.

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, UNF race expert and  associate professor of sociology, joins us to discuss the impact these events had on the national conversation surrounding race and justice.

The University of North Florida showed the award-winning documentary “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets” to a sold out audience Tuesday night.

The film uses the November 2012 shooting death of Jacksonville teenager Jordan Davis to examine Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law and how young, black men fare in the criminal justice system.

A panel discussion after the screening included Jordan’s father Ron Davis and criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara, who successfully defended George Zimmerman in his murder trial for killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

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Michael Dunn, the man in prison for killing Jacksonville teenager Jordan Davis, is appealing his conviction.

Dunn was convicted of murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music. As the Florida Times-Union first reported, Dunn’s latest appeal says he didn’t get a fair trial because the case was so widely publicized in Jacksonville.

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The new film "3 ½ Minutes" just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. This documentary explores the shooting of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn, Dunn's trials, and the controversy around Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense laws. We speak with Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, and Jacksonville attorney John Phillips, who represents the family.

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Members of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition were gathered in downtown Hemming Plaza when news of the Ferguson grand jury verdict broke.

A grand jury declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black, unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Coalition organizer Estefania Galvis said the announcement felt like a shot through the community’s heart.

The USS Roosevelt, St. Johns River taxi and a motorcycle ride to honor Jordan Davis are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn in court.

The man convicted of fatally shooting a Jacksonville teen at a Gate gas station in November 2012 will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey has sentenced Michael Dunn, 47, to life in prison for the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Dunn will serve an additional maximum sentence of 90 years in prison for three counts of attempted murder as well as 15 years for one count of firing a deadly missile into the vehicle where Davis and his friends sat.

Michael Dunn in court.

Michael Dunn, former Atlantic Beach police chief Michael Classey and ridesharing services are making headlines this week.

Michael Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.


Jurors in the retrial of Michael Dunn have found him guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis wiped away tears as Assistant State Attorney John Guy made his final statements before jury deliberations in the retrial of Michael Dunn Tuesday.


The fourth day of testimony in the Michael Dunn trial brought a lengthy end to the state's case and five new witnesses for the defense.


Tears streamed down Rhonda Rouer’s face and her voice shook as she recounted before jurors for a second time the day Michael Dunn shot a Jacksonville teen.


On the second day of testimony in the Michael Dunn retrial, jurors heard from eight witnesses, including the three teens who were with 17-year-old Jordan Davis when he died.

Michael Dunn in court.

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


Jordan Davis leaned back and cowered in the moments before his death.

That’s the picture Assistant State Attorney John Guy painted before jurors on the first day of testimony.


After a lengthy first day, 42 people remain in the jury pool that could decide the fate of Michael Dunn for a second time.

Jury selection began around 10 a.m. Monday in the case.

Dunn is accused of killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis during a confrontation over loud music at a Southside Gate gas station in November 2012.

In February , as eyes across the country watched, a jury deadlocked on whether to convict him of murder.


A Medical Examiner's Office expert will be allowed to testify on the pathway of the bullets that struck 17-year-old Jordan Davis the night he was killed, a circuit judge ruled Thursday.


Attorneys for Michael Dunn will have to wait a little longer to find out if his second murder trial will stay in Jacksonville.


A judge has set a hearing for Thursday to determine whether or not the murder trial of Michael Dunn will stay in Jacksonville.


Lucia McBath was not among the 4,000 individuals that attended Michael Brown’s funeral, but she can identify with the pain of Brown’s mother more than most who were there.


Michael Dunn will not face sentencing for the attempted murder of three teens until after his next trial this fall.

During a pre-trial hearing Monday morning, Circuit Judge Russell Healey denied a motion by the state to sentence Dunn now.

In February, a jury convicted Dunn of three counts of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting at a gas station that left 17-year-old Jordan Davis dead. Witnesses say Dunn complained that Davis and his friends' music was too loud, sparking an argument. Dunn claimed self-defense.

On a recent morning, Jonel Edwards spoke with a group of Jacksonville youth. Behind her, a giant screen flashed pictures of young brown faces.


A circuit judge has decided that the second murder trial of Michael Dunn will not go forward next month as planned.