The second juror from the Michael Dunn murder trial has broken her silence, saying that the shocking verdict had nothing to do with race, reports CNN.
Juror No. 8, Creshuna Miles, 21, was one of two Black women on a jury which voted 9-3 to convict Dunn, 47, of 3 counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of hurling a deadly missile. A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in 17-year-old Jordan Davis’ shooting death.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn gunned down Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012. The software programmer claims that he felt threatened by the teen — who was sitting inside of an SUV with friends — and loud music coming from the vehicle, so he sprayed it with nine bullets before driving away, leaving Davis to die in a friend’s arms.
None of the teens had weapons.
The jury, which was composed of four White women, two Black women, four White men, one Asian woman and one Hispanic man, deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the 1st-degree murder charge and lesser charges, including second degree murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, or excusable homicide.
“I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy.’ Because … that wasn’t the case,” Miles said to CNN’s Alicia Machado.
“So, for people who say, you know, here’s another white guy who got away with shooting and killing a black kid, what would you tell them?” Machado asked.
“I would tell them that they really should knowledge themselves on the law,” Miles responded.
“If this case wasn’t about race for you, what was it about?” Machado asked.
“It was about justice,” Miles responded
See a clip from the CNN interview below:
As previously reported by NewsOne, Valerie, a homecare nurse administrator known as Juror #4 in the Dunn murder trial, came forward to say that she believes he got away with Davis’ murder.
In an exclusive ABC Nightline interview Tuesday night, the juror said that they initially deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of convicting Dunn on 1st-degree murder. After Judge Healey read the “Allen Charge,” which encouraged the jury to deliberate further to avoid a mistrial, their contentious deliberations ended with 9-3 vote to convict, with the holdouts believing that Dunn had “reasonable belief” to fear for his life.
Valerie said that the jurors in favor of convicting Dunn believed that he used unnecessary force when he shot Davis.
“We all believed there was another way out, another option,” she said in the Nightline interview.
During a post-trial press conference, Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey said that Dunn will be retried on the 1st-degree murder charge.
“We intend to fully push for a new trial….Justice for Jordan Davis is as important as it is for any victim,” Corey said.