File photo shows accused killer Michael Dunn's first court appearance.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WTLV/AP) - A white software developer is about to go on trial in Florida in the death of a black teenager - in a case that raises comparisons to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn of Brevard County.
Dunn is accused of fatally shooting
17-year-old Jordan Davis of Jacksonville in late November, 2012.
pair got into a dispute over loud music at a gas station on the city's
south side. Authorities said Dunn fired several shots into an SUV
carrying Dunn and three of his friends.
Dunn is using the
controversial "Stand Your Ground" defense because he said he believed
Davis was armed at the time. However, no firearm was ever found in the
Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, said over the weekend in USA Today,
"the testimony of the young men will prove that they conjured up a story
four days after the incident to protect their friend, Jordan Davis."
added, "They intentionally misled detectives regarding Jordan Davis'
actions and verbal threats, and the detectives allowed for the
misinformation to continue."
Davis' parents and supporters are
expected to attend each day of the trial, but will be restricted by what
they can wear and how they express themselves inside the courtroom.
Court officials sent out 1,500 jury summons for the high-profile case, which is up from the standard 1,200.
It is unclear exactly how many potential jurors are expected to show up on Monday. In the end, lawyers on each side will have to agree to a jury of 12 and four alternates.
Reporters and the public will not be allowed inside jury selection. Jurors' identities will also be kept secretive.
items, including a motion to sequester the jury and ban audio
recordings of jury selection, remain unresolved and could be taken up
The case is drawing comparisons to George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder last year in the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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