New Dates Set for Alexander, Davis “Stand Your Ground” Trials

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Two Jacksonville based court cases that have gripped the nation for the past year have been assigned trial dates. The retrials for Marissa Alexander and Michael Dunn, both concerning the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, have been moved to the fall.

Alexander’s has been pushed from July 28 to Dec. 1, tentatively.

Marissa Alexander, who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun at her abusive estranged husband, was seeking a second Stand Your Ground hearing. She was previously denied immunity from prosecution under the controversial self-defense law.
The prosecutors and her defense attorneys both agreed to push the date.

“I don’t believe we can really try this case until the dust settles,” Duval County Court Judge James Daniel said regarding the state’s new Warning Shot bill that awaits action from Gov. Rick Scott.

If convicted again, Alexander faces 60 years in prison. Her next court date is Aug. 1 for motions to suppress evidence.

Jordan Davis, shown left, will have his day in court when Michael Dunn is retried in court for First Degree Murder.
Jordan Davis, shown left, will have his day in court when Michael Dunn is retried in court for First Degree Murder.

Michael Dunn, 47, will be tried again starting Sept. 22 in the shooting death of Jordan Davis, 17, after a fatal encounter at a Baymeadows Road gas station over loud music.

He will face a second murder trial after jurors at his original trial deadlocked on a first-degree murder charge in February. He was convicted Dunn of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at Davis’ companions.

Witnesses said Dunn complained that Davis and his friends’ music was too loud, sparking an argument.

Dunn claimed self-defense and said he fired into the group’s vehicle because he feared Davis had a weapon. No weapon was found in the vehicle.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey said that Dunn won’t be sentenced on the attempted murder counts until after his second trial. Testimony gathered for the sentencing could taint the second trial, Healey said, and he wants it to run “as cleanly as possible.”

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