Michael Dunn, who fired into an SUV and killed unarmed teen Jordan Davis, will not get a new trial for the attempted murder charges on which he was convicted.
Judge Russell Healey denied Dunn’s motion for a new trial on Friday. Dunn still faces a retrial on the first degree murder charges, but he won’t be represented by the same attorney, according to First Coast News.
Although jurors found Dunn guilty of attempted murder, they could not reach a verdict on the first degree murder charge in the shooting of 17 year old Jordan Davis.
The Florida Times-Union reports that Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, will not be representing Dunn anymore because Dunn no longer has enough money to pay Strolla’s attorney’s fees. It is unclear who will represent Dunn in the future, although Dunn being represented by the public defender’s office may not be a workable solution considering that they represented the witnesses during trial.
Strolla also filed a motion to delay Dunn’s sentencing on the guilty verdicts, but a decision on that motion has been delayed until Friday.
Dunn’s trial was named the “loud music” trial since loud music led to an argument between Dunn and Davis. Dunn said he fired into the SUV Jordan Davis was in because he saw a weapon, but no weapon was ever found.
Dunn left, went home, had pizza and made himself a rum and coke cocktail after killing Davis.
He faces up to 60 years in prison on the attempted murder charges.