Saturday, a Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty of three counts of attempted murder and another count stemming from his shooting into a car full of teenagers, an incident which led to the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Jurors didn’t, however, convict Dunn of murder for killing Davis.
“Here’s where I think the prosecutors went wrong,” Williams said. “I think they gave the jury too many options to consider when it came to the murder charge. They gave them first-degree, second-degree and manslaughter. We can sit here as legal scholars and talk about the nuances of what those different degrees look like and how intent can be formed in an instant, but it’s very hard to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt of the necessary intent and premeditation that first-degree murder requires and I think that’s where the prosecution struggled.”
Ross added that jurors “by nature” want to believe defendants. He said the attempted murder charges were much easier to prove based on Dunn’s behavior that night but, without any prior criminal history for Dunn, jurors may have had a hard time understanding how he could get to the point of murder.
Watch more of Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” panel discussing the Michael Dunn trial.