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In his own words: Prison letters from Michael Dunn
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In his own words: Prison letters from Michael Dunn

In his own words: Prison letters from Michael Dunn
This undated photo provided by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office shows Michael David Dunn, 45, who is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Nov. 23 shooting at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station. Dunn parked beside a sport utility vehicle 17-year-old Jordan Davis was riding in with three other young men and told them to turn the music down, police said. Dunn exchanged words with Davis, who was in the back seat, and started firing, later telling police he felt threatened. (AP Photo/Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

In his own words: Prison letters from Michael Dunn

The State Attorney's Office has released over 150 pages of evidence in their first-degree murder case against Michael David Dunn, including dozens of letters he has written to family members, friends, and others since he's been in jail.

Dunn has been charged with first degree murder in the November 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis outside a gas station on the Southside

The recipients of the letters range from his girlfriend to his daughter to his grandmother, and even several unknown correspondents. In many of them, he talks about the status of his case, what happens next in the legal process, and what he's doing to pass his time. He notes he's doing a lot of reading and exercising, saying since his "near-death experience" he has realized he has to eat better and take better care of his body.

Many of the letters also accuse the media of bias, saying they are misreporting the facts of his case. In one letter he tells his grandmother that there are so many outright lies in the media and asks her not to believe that he is the monster they make him out to be.

In another letter to an unknown recipient, he writes, "As you can imagine, I'm not getting much sympathy from the press. The're (sic) a bunch of liberal b*****s." He goes on to say "North Florida is more like the Deep South. They seem to have a lot of racial guilt, or at least the prosecutor's office does."

He also lashes out at the State Attorney's Office for playing legal games and trying to bury him in fees. He accuses them and the courts of being racially biased.

"It's spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs," he notes. He goes on to say "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,"

One letter to his girlfriend discusses plans to move out west when he gets out so he can put all this behind him and move on with his life. He notes that he's not worried about the outcome of his trial because "I have truth and the law on my side." He says fortunately someone made a 9-1-1 call that he believes will exonerate him. In one letter he does express concern about the potential makeup of the jury in his upcoming trial.

"My fear is that if I get black on my jury it will be a mistrial, as I am convinced they will be racially biased," he writes.

He accuses the other three boys who were in the SUV with Jordan Davis the day of the shooting of making up stories to "cover up their true 'colors.'"

Dunn maintains he saw the barrel of a gun in the car Davis was in the day of the shooting. He also says his life was verbally threatened by the SUV's occupants that day.

Also released with the evidence were two interviews with people who knew Michael Dunn's wife. In one of the interviews, a woman says that she saw Dunn be verbally and physically abusive to his wife on several occasions and that he would threaten to have her deported to Mexico if she ever told the police about it. She went on to say there was one instance where the wife found a white, powdery substance in their home and hid it from him. When he asked about it she wouldn't tell her where it was, and the witness says Dunn became violent and hit his wife repeatedly.

Another interview with a man who knew Dunn says once he tried to have a man killed because he had filed a lawsuit against his company. He goes on to say Dunn's wife once told him that he had put a gun to her head and "threatened to blow her brains out" if she didn't do what he told her to do. The witness says he went to Dunn's home shortly after she told him this and took the gun from the home to his house. He goes on to say that he did tell Dunn once that if anything ever happened to his wife he would be stepping forward to tell police that she had told him

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