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Michael Dunn trial begins with explosive opening statements
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Michael Dunn trial begins with explosive opening statements

Michael Dunn trial begins with explosive opening statements
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Michael Dunn trial begins with explosive opening statements

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Prosecutors said Michael Dunn fired into an SUV full of teens and drove away as if nothing ever happened, and asked the jury to find him guilty of the first-degree murder of Jordan Davis.

Dunn's defense team told the jury Jordan Davis is the one who threatened Michael Dunn all because he asked for a "common courtesy," said Cory Strolla.

Dunn is accused of killing Davis in November 2012, the day after Thanksgiving.

Assistant State Attorney John Guy said a night of mall hopping and girl shopping came to an end at a Gate gas station at Baymeadows Road and Southside Boulevard.

"Bullets, nine of them, had come crashing through the glass and metal," said Guy. "Some of the bullets whizzed by their heads, some of the bullets had been stopped by the metal in the doors. Some of the bullets had been unaccounted for.

"Three of those bullets had found their target," said Guy. Davis was in his best friend's lap with three gunshot wounds to his legs and liver.

"And the blood, that for 17 years, had run so naturally through Jordan Davis' veins and arteries was pouring out of them," said Guy. "The two best friends were side by side for the last time," added Guy.

Strolla blasted the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office in his opening statement.

"The homicide detectives are going to say that's not protocol," exclaimed Strolla. "We don't video and audio people who are allegedly the victim of a crime," said Strolla.

The state called Aliyah Harris, the girlfriend of Jordan Davis, as its first witnesses, followed by Steven Smith, a contractor who parked at the gas station where the shooting took place. He told jurors he decided to park in a spot away from the SUV because of the loud music.

He testified he saw Dunn pull out a pistol.

"You're going to find out through the evidence law enforcement didn't care," said Strolla. Dunn's attorney said police failed to record interviews with the three other people in the car.

The trial resumed after a 20-minute break with witness Andrew Williams on the stand.  He told the jury he helped pull Jordan's body out of the SUV.

The trial is in recess for the night.  The State of Florida ended the day on witness number 7, Samatha Eichas.

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