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Michael DunnMichael Dunn of South Patrick Shores, Florida is accused of grabbing a 9mm pistol from his glovebox and firing two volleys of bullets at an SUV containing four teens during a parking-lot argument over loud music. The shots killed Jordan Davis and narrowly missed the other boys.

While in jail Dunn wrote letters to family members, friends and others claiming that he was being treated unfairly by the media and that the court system was biased toward blacks. In a letter to his daughter about “thugs,” he wrote, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior,” WTEV News reports

Here’s a bit of demographics describing South Patrick Shores, Florida

White alone – 5,235 (89.1%)
Hispanic – 297 (5.1%)
Asian alone – 133 (2.3%)
Two or more races – 110 (1.9%)
Black alone – 69 (1.2%)
American Indian alone – 25 (0.4%)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone – 3 (0.05%)
Other race alone – 3 (0.05%)

Does this tell you anything? Imagine this guy and his fiancee’ Rhonda Rouer  going down on a Saturday afternoon to Jacksonville, Florida to attend his son’s wedding. Can you imagine the culture shock?
While at the wedding, according to Rhonda Rouer, he kicks back 3 or 4 rum and cokes.  She has a few herself. On the way back to the hotel they decide to pick up a bottle of wine at a convenience store. They’re out of towners, they don’t know squat about the area.  They pull in the parking lot next to an SUV with 4 occupants. The fiancee gets out of their rental car to buy the wine.  While she’s in the store, Michael Dunn hears this loud music coming from the SUV. He hates the music! He rolls down his window to ask the occupants to turn it down.  Initially the occupants comply but then as a second thought they become annoyed and decide to crank it back up.

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As I was telling this story to my son this afternoon, he shockingly admitted to me that he’s done that before.  He’s asked drivers at red lights to turn down their music too.   I asked him, “well, how do they respond, when you roll your car window down and ask them to turn down their music?” He said sometimes they do it and sometimes they don’t.  By the way, he doesn’t own a gun.  He doesn’t need a gun to act like a jerk.

I guess I’m just not a confrontational person.  The way I look at it, I’m only going to be at a red light for two minutes. I’ll just crank up my Moody Blues -Stevie Ray Vaughn – Wet Willie – Foreigner CD louder for the time being and if that doesn’t drown it out, I’ll pause the song until I can get away from the clown.  I’m a “live and let live” type of person but apparently my son is not.

Charges?

“Dunn faces charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and shooting or throwing a deadly missile” I can’t explain the last one but I do have a question. Why wasn’t he charged with leaving the scene of a crime?  I KNOW he’s guilty of that!

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Ordinarily I don’t like to blog about racial cases.  I just find them too controversial for discussion and basically a waste of time because in American society, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s just too many other agendas to consider than the crime itself when trying to predict the outcome.  George Zimmerman, case in point. Had I realized the extreme racial divide in Florida, I would have known that George Zimmerman could never be convicted. Whatever, here I am blogging about the murder of Jordan Davis.

During the last few days, my television has been bleeding “Michael Dunn Murder Trial” so I decided to check it out.  As I’m watching HLN, I hear a familiar voice.  It’s no other than John Guy, one of the same prosecutors who miserably failed to convict George Zimmerman.  Whatta kwinky-dinky I thought!

So I listened for an hour or two of this boring monotone voice asking these rhetorical questions and allowing these over-the-top extremely long responses.  I thought,”this is strange.” Usually when a prosecutor finally gets their chance to interrogate the accused, it’s not nice. You expect someone like Nancy Grace screaming at the top of her lungs, not Andy of Mayberry.

I expected “answer the question sir, yes or no!” not allowing Michael Dunn to go into this long ass narrative ending each answer with “I was afraid for my life.” Wow!

But this is another one of  Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey’s babies and assistant prosecutor John Guy must be her number one boy, right? I succinctly remember the outcome of her last crusade and unfortunately, I’m expecting the same.

Before the trial, the protesting began as expected in this case. Representatives of the New Black Panther Party, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Jacksonville Progressive Coalition waved signs on the Duval County Courthouse lawn seeking justice for 17 year-old Jordan Davis.

Here’s part of what I read…

Fellow coalition member Richard Blake displayed a Justice for Jordan sign.

“What we’re not going to allow is young black men to be gunned down in the city of Jacksonville, or anywhere in Florida or anywhere in this country without repercussions for the killer,” Blake said.

This was noble of Richard Blake to say, I just wish he had said, “What we’re not going to allow is young men to be gunned down in the city of Jacksonville, or anywhere in Florida or anywhere in this country without repercussions for the killer,”  This reminds of  Michael Dunn’s letter to his daughter.

Someone, somewhere in this country has got to know that this doesn’t work.  This is not coming together as a country.  This is a division that the media feeds on and peddles every chance they get.  When a wrong is wrong, no matter who the victim, I want justice.  We should all want justice.

Let Us Pray

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Sources:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/06/florida-man-black-teen-trial/5257401

http://www.city-data.com/city/South-Patrick-Shores-Florida.html

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/South-Patrick-Shores-Florida.html#ixzz2t5ww2dAm

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“To See, To Speak”

We are finally here, Day One of the George Zimmerman trial.  The defense team, Mark O’Mara and Don West along with Asst. State Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda have the enormous task of finding 6 unbiased, unaware swamp dwelling people who live in Seminole county Florida who have not heard of this case or more realistically have not formed an opinion of this case.  The State and the defense team will then decide, if they have formed an opinion, do they still have the ability to be fair?

On February 26, 2012, the defendant George Zimmerman called non-emergency 911 to report a suspicious person.  Listen to non-emergercy call below.

Initally Sanford Police Department did not arrest George Zimmerman.  The case was later handed over to Florida State Attorney Angela Corey who subsequentally indicted Zimmerman charging him with 2nd degree murder.

In America, most of our trials begin with jury selection or vior dire.

voir dire

(vwahr [with a near-silent “r”] deer) n. from French “to see to speak,” the questioning of prospective jurors by a judge and attorneys in court. Voir dire is used to determine if any juror is biased and/or cannot deal with the issues fairly, or if there is cause not to allow a juror to serve (knowledge of the facts; acquaintanceship with parties, witnesses or attorneys; occupation which might lead to bias; prejudice against the death penalty; or previous experiences such as having been sued in a similar case). Actually one of the unspoken purposes of the voir dire is for the attorneys to get a feel for the personalities and likely views of the people on the jury panel. In some courts the judge asks most of the questions, while in others the lawyers are given substantial latitude and time to ask questions. Some jurors may be dismissed for cause by the judge, and the attorneys may excuse others in “peremptory” challenges without stating any reason. 2) questions asked to determine the competence of an alleged expert witness. 3) any hearing outside the presence of the jury held during trial.

After filling out a questionnaire, the 500 selected potential jurors have been broken up into 3 groups.  Today the State and defense will question the first group, tomorrow the second group and Wednesday the third group.  The questionnaire has not been made public.

Before today there was still a question regarding audio experts. I’m relieved to learn that on Saturday Judge Debra Nelson, that the expert opinions regarding the “death sheik” will be admissible.  I’m not surprised to add, defense attorney Mark O’Mara once again asked for a continuance which was denied and O’Mara says he has a witness he’d like to had to the list.

Let justice prevail!

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*FYI, the trial’s being streamed at Click Orlando and the Huffington Post. 

Links below

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Sources:

http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=2229

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/10/18880979-potential-trayvon-martin-case-jurors-get-look-at-defendant-george-zimmerman?lite

http://frederickleatherman.com/2013/06/09/expert-opinions-about-the-death-shriek-are-admissible-at-trial/

Live Streams

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/10/george-zimmerman-trial-jury-selection_n_3414435.html

Streaming Live:

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/watchchat-live-jury-selection-begins-in-zimmerman-trial/-/1637132/20483208/-/33hay6/-/index.html?showAds=0

Isn’t it odd that Angela Corey has indicted George Zimmerman with 2nd Degree murder?

So for all of the protesting and publicity, for the hiring of lawyers, for the multiple televised appearances from civil rights leaders, etc. etc, the State Attorney Angela Corey hands down an indictment, Murder in the 2nd Degree and the crowd roars! But is it all smoke and mirrors?  Is someone pulling our chain?

Overview of Florida Voluntary Manslaughter Laws

Florida state laws establish the criminal offense of manslaughter when a homicide, the killing of a human being, does not meet the legal definition of murder. Manslaughter, unlike murder, does not require evidence of the defendant’s premeditation or “depraved mind” with disregard for human life; instead, the state requires proof of either voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.
Voluntary manslaughter describes a homicide intentionally committed while in the midst of a provocation. The prosecutor must show a sudden, unexpected event or circumstance serving as a provocation. As a result of the provocation, the defendant must have felt a temporary anger, heat of passion, or emotion that immediately resulted in an intent to kill or an intent to commit the act that resulted in the victim’s death.

Overview of Florida Involuntary Manslaughter Laws

When a homicide, the killing of a human being, does not meet the legal definition of murder, Florida state laws allow a prosecutor to consider a manslaughter charge. The state establishes two types of manslaughter: voluntary and involuntary. While voluntary manslaughter describes an intentional act performed during a provocation or heat of passion, involuntary manslaughter does not require an intent to kill or even an intent to perform that act resulting in the victim’s death.
To establish involuntary manslaughter, the prosecutor must show that the defendant acted with “culpable negligence.” Florida statutes define culpable negligence as a disregard for human life while engaging in wanton or reckless behavior. The state may be able to prove involuntary manslaughter by showing the defendant’s recklessness or lack of care when handling a dangerous instrument or weapon, or while engaging in a range of other activities that could lead to death if performed recklessly.
Example: If the defendant handles a loaded gun without any knowledge of whether the gun is loaded, and he later discharges the gun into a group of people, the defendant’s actions likely meet the recklessness requirement for a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Florida state laws also establish involuntary manslaughter if the prosecutor shows that the defendant used excessive force during self-defense or the defense of another person. The prosecution and defense can look at the facts and circumstances of the killing to determine whether the defendant reasonably believed that self-defense was necessary; if not necessary, the state might proceed with an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Instead of choosing either of these, Angela Corey chose to charge George Zimmerman with Second degree murder.

Overview of Florida Second Degree Murder Laws

In Florida, state laws establish several types of homicide, the unlawful killing of a human being. The state prosecutes homicides as murders and manslaughters — it may be helpful to know the multiple types of murders established by state law and understand the differences among them. In particular, second degree murder lacks the premeditation often required for the prosecution of a first degree murder.
To prove second degree murder, a prosecutor must show that the defendant acted according to a “depraved mind” without regard for human life. Florida state laws permit the prosecution of second degree murder when the killing lacked premeditation or planning, but the defendant acted with enmity toward the victim or the two had an ongoing interaction or relationship. Unlike first degree murder, second degree murder does not necessarily require proof of the defendant’s intent to kill.
State law specifically requires a charge of second degree murder if the victim dies during the commission of one of the felony crimes specified by statute. These felonies include burglary, home-invasion robbery, kidnapping, sexual battery, and a number of other offenses. To establish second degree murder, the prosecutor must show that the victim died as a result of an act committed by a non-participant in the felony. If the defendant or another criminal participant in the felony caused the unlawful killing, state law requires a charge of first degree murder rather than second degree murder. Florida uses this law to deter and punish unintended deaths as a result of felonious activities.

Defenses to Second Degree Murder Charges
• Justifiable use of deadly force to defend against a felony committed against a person or property
• Excusable homicide committed by accident
• Spontaneous or negligent killing that might qualify as manslaughter instead of murder

Above are defense Attorney Mark Omara’s possible defense strategies.  Compare the statutes of Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter with the Second Degree Murder Overview and choice is obvious.  Angela Corey made a poor decision.

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When I think about the reason for this over-indictment it reminds me of the age old adage, “there’s always a little truth in every lie” especially in judicial process. Just as in the Anthony case when the masses were screaming for her blood, the State of Florida handed down an indictment, first-degree murder with possible death penalty. Total overkill.
In order to get a guilty verdict, the jurors must agree 100%. Had Casey Anthony been charged with manslaughter, it would only take 6 out of 12 jurors in order to get a guilty verdict.

Maybe Corey is thinking Zimmerman is just a little bit guilty?  Yes, that’s the ticket. She can hand down the over-indictment to please the masses but she’ll prove involuntary or voluntary manslaughter and hope for the best.  At least she’ll look as if she tried.

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After observing the Florida judicial process over the last 3 years, I question the State, their laws and their judicial process.
When I ask myself how can Marissa Alexander, who shot a bullet in the air to scare off her abusive husband be convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the same court system allow Greyston Garcia, who chased down a man who stole radios out of his truck and stabbed him to death, walk free on Stand Your Ground Law, I came to this conclusion. The husband wasn’t in commission of a crime unlike Greyston Garcia’s victim who was.

If I’m right, George Zimmerman will be found guilty, jailed and fined because 17 year-old Trayvon Martin wasn’t in commission of a crime when Zimmerman met up with him.
Garcia claimed that his victim swung the bag of loot at him, so therefore he was scared for his life. The “bag of loot” was considered a weapon.

On the other hand, if it’s true, Martin approached and circled his truck while he was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, had he shot Martin then, Stand Your Ground Law would have protected him in a heartbeat, but he didn’t.

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But anything could happen, it’s FLORIDA!

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Sources:
http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/voluntary-manslaughter/florida/

http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/second-degree-murder/florida/

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/02/20-years-for-standing-her-ground

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/miami-judge-rules-in-stan_n_1385219.html

Amidst media speculation and subsequent hate rallies, thankfully Seminole County State Attorney’s office has finally released nearly 200 pages of actual evidence documentation, audio and photographs relating to the homicide of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin, who lived in Miami Gardens, Florida, was visiting his father Tracy Martin who lived at The Retreat in Twin Lake Town Homes, a gated community of Sanford, Florida.

It was about 7:10 pm on the evening of February 26, 2012, as Trayvon was walking home from a nearby convenience store when he was spotted by a citizen, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was driving home from a shopping trip.

Because of the recent burglaries, Zimmerman considered Trayvon’s presence suspicious and called into the 911 non-emergency number. This phone call is listed in audio discovery files.

Within minutes after this call, a shot rang out as residents of The Retreat Townhomes listened in fear.  Some were already on the telephone with 911 dispatchers to report loud arguing and some to report hearing someone moaning for help in the courtyard.
Trayvon Martin was shot with a Kel-Tec 9 mm gun.  George Zimmerman was brought into Sanford Police Department for questioning and several hours later released.

The Kel-Tec 9 mm PF-9 is one of the lightest, thinnest 9 mm guns on the market — a gun so small and light you can carry it in your pocket undetected.

The documents also show that in a March 13th request “capias request” recommended that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. The document said that Trayvon Martin’s death was “ultimately avoidable” had George Zimmerman remained in his car after alerting police of a suspicious person.

Nonetheless, George Zimmerman was cleared of all wrong doing according to Seminole County and the Sanford Police Dept.

If not for a phone call from Florida Governor Rick Scott, Jacksonville State Attorney Angela Corey would never have been called in and George Zimmerman would be the same free man who walked out of the Sanford Police Dept in the early morning hours of February 27th.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, to a nation-wide television audience, Angela Corey announced the arrest of George Zimmerman to the charge of 2nd degree murder.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r-idmJTK3I  George Zimmerman turned himself in.   Incidentally, it was State Attorney Angela Corey who moved to try a 12-year-old boy as an adult in a first degree murder case.

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On to the bond hearing; George Zimmerman attended his bond hearing on April 20th along with his attorney Mark O’Mara. After several witness testimonies, for and against Mr. Zimmerman, in a risky move, Mark O’Mara put George on the stand.  Mr. Zimmerman wanted to address several questions raised by Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother.

Zimmerman had this to say…

Snipped from transcript

O’MARA: We want to make sure that (inaudible). State your name.

ZIMMERMAN: George Michael Zimmerman

O’MARA: You advised me that you wanted to make a short statement, is that correct?

ZIMMERMAN: Correct.

I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.

O’MARA: Nothing further, your honor. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I’m sorry, sir, you’re not really addressing that to the court. You’re doing it here to the victim’s family, is that correct?

ZIMMERMAN: They are here in the court, yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I understand. But I thought you were going to address your honor, Judge Lester, not — so that’s really addressed to the family and where the media happens to be, correct, Mr. Zimmerman?

ZIMMERMAN: No, to the mother and the father.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ok. And tell me, after you committed this crime and you spoke to the police, did you ever make that statement to the police, sir? That you were sorry for what you’ve done or their loss?

ZIMMERMAN: No sir.

Since Zimmerman’s arrest and subsequent release under a $150,000 bond, the Federal Justice Department is currently investigating Zimmerman for civil rights violations. The reason is unclear but some media legal analysts are speculating if in fact Zimmerman uttered a racial slur in the following transcript of the initial 911 call.

Zimmerman: No you go in straight through the entrance and then you make a left…uh you go straight in, don’t turn and make a left. Shit he’s running.

Dispatcher: He’s running? Which way is he running?

Zimmerman: Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood.

Dispatcher: Which entrance is that that he’s running towards?
Zimmerman: The back entrance…fucking [unintelligible]

Dispatcher: Are you following him?

Zimmerman: Yeah

Dispatcher: Ok, we don’t need you to do that.

Zimmerman: Ok

The analysis was unsuccessful “due to weak signal level and poor recording quality,” according to the report.

The documents also include at least 11 witnesses to the shooting but not all are eye witnesses. Scattered within these documents are parts of what the Seminole County prosecutors plans to use to prove George Zimmerman is guilty of 2nd degree murder.

According to Florida attorney Richard Hornsby, second degree murder in Florida occurs when a person commits either, murder with a depraved mind or accomplice to felony murder.

Mr. Hornsby explains, the primary distinction between Premeditated First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder with a Depraved Mind is that First Degree Murder requires a specific and premeditated intent to kill.  The penalty under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, a person who uses a Firearm to commit Second Degree Murder must be sentenced to a minimum-mandatory prison sentence of 25 years.

In the picture on the right is the back of George Zimmerman’s head.   This is the picture that I believe will beg the question, “Was George Zimmerman in fear of his life and did he shoot Trayvon Martin in self defense?”  Most of the witness reports support that claim and “Is there more to this tragedy than we know?”

Or notably, as in the capias request, Trayvon Martin’s death was “ultimately avoidable” had George Zimmerman remained in his car after alerting police of a suspicious person?

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Here are a few issues in the document release that I found interesting.

Page 5 of 183
Why did SPD take buccal swabs from GZ’s cheeks? I assume to add GZ’s DNA to LE data base and to identify blood stains.  On this page, GZ’s key and flashlight are described.

Page 6 of 183
Why did Sanford Police Dept. take the first-aid kit into evidence?

Page 8 of 183
GZ’s shirt described as Grey colored “Layer 8 Performance” brand name long sleeved shirt, size large, collected from Zimmerman at the Sanford Police Department.
* GZ’s jeans, jacket, shoes and socks were also taken into evidence

Page 16 or 183
Perhaps explained the reason why SPD wasn’t able to contact relatives of TM sooner.
They said the cell phone found at the scene was either low on battery or wasn’t working properly because it was wet due to the weather conditions, wet and rain.
Documents show that on February 28th, the cell phone was also password protected which caused another investigative problem for Sanford investigators.

Page 17 or 183
March 5 – TM’s father was asked for the pin # for the cell phone. TM’s father stated he would contact his lawyer before releasing the information.

Initially I was angry with SPD for not contacting Trayvon Martin’s family sooner but now I know why.

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Sources:
Includes autopsy report
http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/Zimmerman_Discovery.pdf

Discovery Photographs
http://www.wftv.com/gallery/news/local/evidence-photos-show-bloodied-zimmerman-gun-more/ggFb/#1538946

183 pages PDF file
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/05/17/document-dump-george-zimmerman-discovery-file/

Angela Corey announces the arrest of George Zimmerman

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/11/11144255-george-zimmerman-to-plead-not-guilty-to-second-degree-murder-in-trayvon-martin-case?lite

Zimmerman Capias PDF

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/NEWS/120411_Zimmerman_Capias.pdf

Bond Hearing article “The Christian Science Monitor”

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2012/0420/George-Zimmerman-bond-hearing-5-new-things-we-learned/Zimmerman-brooded-over-comments-by-Trayvon-s-mother

CNN transcript of bond hearing

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/20/cnr.02.html

Atty. Richard Hornsby website

http://www.richardhornsby.com/crimes/homicide/second-degree-murder.html

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