'I Was the Victim,' Says Loud Music Trial Shooter in Jailhouse Phone Call
Prosecutors released audio today of several jailhouse calls placed by
Michael Dunn -- the man at the center of another controversial Florida
trial -- shedding new light on his mindset in the initial days after he
fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis over a confrontation over loud
“I’m the [expletive deleted] victim here. I was the one who was
victimized,” says Dunn, 47, in one of the calls in which he appeared to
chuckle while speaking about his predicament. “I’m the victor but I was
the victim too.”
In a separate call with his fiancé Rhonda Rouer, Dunn makes the
connection between his situation and scenarios where police officers
doubt rape victims.
“I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back. It’s not
quite the same but it made me think of like the old TV shows and movies
where like how the police used to think when a chick got raped going,
'Oh, it’s her fault because of the way she dressed.' I'm like, 'So it’s
my fault (laughing) because I asked them to turn their music down. I got
attacked and I fought back because I didn’t want to be a victim and now
I'm in trouble. I refused to be a victim and now I'm incarcerated.”
Prosecutors accused Dunn of killing Davis in a convenience store parking
lot after they got into an argument over loud music. Jurors found Dunn
guilty on four of five charges for shooting at Davis’ friends, who were
also in the car, as well as firing a gun into a car in the 2012
incident. However, jurors could not agree on the first-degree murder
charge for shooting Davis, prompting a mistrial on that count.
The recordings mirror statements Dunn made in trial in which he stated
that he believed his life was in danger, thus leaving him little choice
but to shoot. The case has once again rekindled anger in some circles
about self-defense laws, in particular “stand your ground,” despite it
never being invoked during the trial.
Dunn testified that after he asked Davis to turn down the music blaring
from the teen's car, a confrontation ensued and that Davis approached
the middle-aged software developer. Dunn said he believed Davis had a
weapon, leaving him little choice but to defend himself. However, a gun
was never recovered at the scene.
In one of the nine calls released today, Dunn reads a letter that he
planned on sending to the judge presiding over his case in an effort to
make bail. Repeatedly both he and his fiancé say that the legal system
is stacked against them, however Dunn says the law is on his side.
“I'm super confident if they take this to trial it will be a short deliberation,” said Dunn.
Dunn who placed the calls while in isolation also made repeated efforts
to distance himself from fellow inmates, “Being in a room by myself
really sucks, but better than being in a room with them animals.”
He will spend at least 60 years behind bars for the attempted murder
charges. Prosecutors have indicated that they plan to retry Dunn on the
first-degree murder charge.