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Michael Dunn gestures on the stand Feb. 11, 2014. (Photo: Bob Mack, AP)

 


 


Jacksonville, Florida (USA TODAY) -- Jurors have begun a third day of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of Floridian Michael Dunn, charged in the 2012 shooting death of a 17-year-old in a dispute over loud rap music.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey made the announced at 9:05 a.m. at the Duval County Courthouse.Including meal breaks, the jury deliberated about 3 hours Wednesday and nearly 9 hours Thursday before resuming work shortly after 9 a.m. Friday.

The jury is composed of four white men, four white women, two black women, one Asian female and one Hispanic man.

Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer, says he feared for his life and was acting in self-defense on Nov. 23, 2012, when he fatally shot Jordan Davis in a gas station parking lot.

Dunn testified that music coming from the Dodge Durango where Davis sat with three friends, all black, was "obnoxious," and said he fired 10 shots at the SUV. Davis was hit three times and died a short time later. Dunn faces charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and shooting or throwing a deadly missile.

The case has been compared to the racially charged Trayvon Martin case, in which neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman said he killed the Florida teen in self-defense during a February 2012 altercation. Zimmerman was later acquitted of second-degree murder.

SEE ALSO: Attorney: Dunn 'overcharged' due to Trayvon killing

Dunn testified in court this week that he felt threatened as Davis hurled insults at him from the SUV. Dunn also testified that Jordan reached down, picked something up and slammed it against a rear passenger door of the Dodge Durango where he sat.

Assistant State Attorney General John Guy said that Davis never was a threat and that a weapon was not found in the Durango.

As jury deliberations reached the 14-hour mark Friday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) released a statement.

"Floridians need to come together to stand down and revoke our state's misused stand your ground law," she said. "This law, all too often, has been used to justify racial profiling and embolden people to engage in unnecessary, confrontational behavior."

Brown, who accompanied Davis' mother, added that the law needs to be repealed.

Neale also reports for Florida Today.

More Florida 'loud music' trial coverage:

WATCH: Coverage of Michael Dunn trial in Jacksonville

THE STORY: 
-Florida's next Trayvon Martin case?
-Echoes of Zimmerman expected in FL murder trial
-Man claims fear led to slaying over loud music

TESTIMONY: 
-DAY 1: Prosecutor says Dunn was unconcerned after shooting
-DAY 2: Testimony focuses on rap music confrontation
-DAY 3: Jacksonville Police officer takes the stand
-DUNN'S FIANCE: Emotional Testimony
-DAY 4: Prosecution rests case vs. Dunn 

Rick Neale, USA TODAY

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