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    Police testify in Florida loud music case

    Nine bullet holes found in SUV where teen died

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Nine bullet holes were found in an SUV in which a teen was killed after a quarrel with a man on trial for murder over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, a veteran crime scene investigator testified Saturday.

    One of the bullets fired into the rear door killed Jordan Davis, 17, of Marietta, Ga., in November 2012. Michael Dunn, 47, of Brevard County, is on trial in Jacksonville, charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and one count of shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

    Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Detective Andrew Kipple’s testimony on the location of the bullet holes showed the Durango’s driver and front-seat passenger barely escaped being shot.


    Authorities say Davis was parked in the Durango with three friends outside the store. Dunn and his fiancée had just left a wedding reception and were heading back home when they stopped at the store and pulled up next to the SUV.

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    A quarrel began after Dunn told them to turn the music down, police said. One of Davis’s friends cut the volume, but Davis then told him to turn it back up.

    According to authorities, Dunn became enraged and he and Davis began arguing. One person walking out of the convenience store said he heard Dunn say, ‘‘You are not going to talk to me like that.’’

    Dunn, who had a concealed weapons permit, pulled a 9mm handgun from the glove compartment, according to an affidavit, and fired multiple shots, striking Davis in the back and groin. No gun was found in the SUV.

    The crime scene evidence technician said that when he arrived an hour and a half after the shooting, he found nine bullet holes in the Durango.


    Kipple said that the three bullets that hit the front passenger door were stopped by the door’s interior metal wall and did not get into the SUV, where passenger Tevin Thompson was seated. The bullet through the rear window passed through the interior and struck a sun visor right next to driver Tommie Stornes’s head, then struck the front window and the fragments fell.

    Prosecutor Angela Corey walked Kipple through a slideshow of numerous photos the detective took around midnight of the interior of the Durango.

    ‘‘Did you look closely and with great care through the back portion of this red Durango?’’ Corey asked.

    Kipple said that while he found a several items like cups, a cellphone, a basketball, and a bottle of hair gel, he did not find anything that could be considered a weapon. He said no one entered the vehicle since the police arrived on the scene.

    Dunn has said he saw the barrel of a shotgun and fired his 9mm handgun because he feared for his own life. His attorney, Cory Strolla, offered some possibilities in his opening statement, including that Davis opened the door and wielded an opened four-inch pocketknife in his hand before Dunn fired. He also said the other occupants of the Durango might have discarded weapons in the brief time they drove away from the shooting scene to escape the shooting, then returned seeking help for Davis.