Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Records: No Talk of Gun in Other Car; Court Filing on Dunn's Girlfriend May Boost Prosecution

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Records: No Talk of Gun in Other Car; Court Filing on Dunn's Girlfriend May Boost Prosecution

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Byline: Larry Hannan

When Michael David Dunn's girlfriend asked him why he had just fired shots into a red Dodge Durango, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis, Dunn told her he felt threatened by the four teenagers in the car and thought they were starting to "advance on him."

But according to court documents released Tuesday by the State Attorney's Office, Dunn never told Rhonda Rouer that he saw any of the teenagers with a weapon. Dunn later told police he saw a shotgun in the Durango, and that is expected to be his main defense when he goes on trial for murder and attempted murder.

The couple, in town for Dunn's son's wedding, said they didn't know anyone was hit until seeing it on TV the next day.

Jordan and his three friends were in the Durango on Nov. 23 when Dunn and Rouer pulled up next to them in a Volkswagen Jetta at a Southside gas station and convenience store. Rouer told police the music coming from the Durango was loud and Dunn said, "I hate that thug music."

Rouer said it was common for Dunn, 46, to complain about "thug music," but it was unusual for him to confront someone over it.

When Rouer went inside the store, Dunn asked the teenagers to turn down the music. The teen in the front seat complied. Davis, who was sitting in the right rear passenger seat, then told his friend to turn the music back up, the documents show.

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The other teenagers said Davis and Dunn then began to have an argument while both were still in their vehicles, with Davis cursing at Dunn. A witness who had just walked out of the convenience store told police Dunn pointed a handgun out the window and said, "You are not going to talk to me like that" before he began firing at the Durango and continuing to fire as the vehicle attempted to leave the parking lot.

Police believe nine shots were fired, all by Dunn. Davis was killed, but the other three teenagers were not hurt.

Rouer didn't see what happened but heard the shots. …

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