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Trial date set for Michael Dunn
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Trial date set for Michael Dunn

Trial date set for 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)

Trial date set for Michael Dunn

We know know when the man accused of gunning down a teenager at a Southside gas station will head to trial.

A judge set Michael Dunn's trial date for next year, February 3rd. Dunn is accused of killing teen Jordan Davis over loud music at a gas station.

Dunn claims he feared for his life and shot in self defense.

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