File photo shows accused killer Michael Dunn's first court appearance.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WTLV) -- Opening statements are expected to get underway
Thursday in what's become one of the most high-profile cases in
Michael Dunn, 47, is accused of gunning down
Jordan Davis, 17, at a south side gas station in November 2012 after
the two got into an argument over loud music.
The cases has sparked nationwide debate over gun rights, race relations and public access to the criminal justice system.
is using a controversial "Stand Your Ground" law to claim self-defense.
He contends he opened fire because he thought he saw Davis reaching for
a weapon the night of the fatal encounter.
No weapon was ever found on the teenager or in the car he was inside of with three of his friends.
Wednesday evening, Judge Russell Healey seated 16 people as the jury in
this case. All of them will hear testimony, but only 12 will deliberate
The remaining four will serve as alternates unless one
of the main jurors is removed. Healey has decided the jury will be
The jury contains six men and 10 women. Three are African-Americans.
Criminal attorney David Robbins tells First Coast News race will likely only become an issue if Dunn is found not guilty.
He said opening statements will consist of each side laying out their version of events.
Healey has said court will come to order at noon.
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