JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The daughter of the suspect in the Friday gas station shooting death of a 17-year-old paints a very different picture of her dad and said he's not a
Michael Dunn's 20-year-old daughter, Rebecca, said she went numb when she got a
phone call from her uncle explaining what had happened and she said her
heart goes out to Jordan Davis' family.
"He got threatened and had to do what he had to do, and it's sad, so
sad," Rebecca Dunn said. "A terrible tragedy on both sides. It really
is. I don't know. What are you going to do in that situation? You don't
know what you are going to do. He just reacted."
On Sunday, First Coast News' camera captured his family and friends
praying at his home in Satellite Beach. Rebecca said her family is
rallying behind her dad.
"I just want them to know he's a good person. He's a good father.
Everyone in his life loves him and everyone who met him, all of my
friends are praying for him," said Rebecca Dunn. "That shows you he is a
good person. He's super smart. He does computer software and he's so
funny, nice, outgoing and he loves life.
Rebecca said her father loves boating, riding motorcycles and flying planes.
As Davis' family is preparing to lay him to rest, Dunn, who is charged
with his murder, is awaiting extradition back to Jacksonville.
Appearing before a judge in Brevard County, Dunn pleaded not guilty Monday
to a murder charge and an attempted murder charge. Dunn is being held
without bond and is expected to moved to Jacksonville within 72 hours.
Dunn's attorney Robin Lemonidis said he acted in self defense and the truth has not yet been made public.
"I can only say that he acted responsibly and as any responsible
firearms owner would have acted under the same circumstances," Lemonidis said.
Investigators say that Dunn was upset over loud music
coming from the SUV that Davis and his friends were in.
Police say Davis and his friends had left the St. Johns Town Center on
Black Friday and around 7:40 p.m. and stopped at the Gate gas station at
Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road.
Davis was in the backseat of a red SUV with his friends and police say
Dunn, who was parked next to them, got into a confrontation with
them over their loud music.
Police say Dunn fired 8 or 9 shots at the SUV, striking Davis several
times, before driving off. Davis was unarmed, according to police.
Dunn's attorney said Dunn's girlfriend, Rhonda Rouer, who is not facing
any charges, had run into the gas station to get a bottle of wine when
shots were fired.
They had just left Dunn's son's wedding reception when they stopped at the gas station.
Dunn was arrested the next morning in Brevard County.
First Coast News has learned that in 2007 when he was on his way back to
Jacksonville, he claimed he accidentally veered into restricted air
space at the Kennedy Space Center.
That brought out federal officials and bomb sniffing dogs
who thought the wayward plan might have been an act of terrorism.
Dunn was never charged.
As for Davis' family, they plan to start a foundation in his memory. According to the funeral home's website, Jordan Davis' family is going to create a foundation for at-risk students that suffer from tragedies.
Edited by juniordetective - Nov 27 2012 at 5:54pm