Although Michael Dunn’s lawyer specifically cited Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law in his defense of his client’s killing of unarmed teenager Jordan Davis, CNN falsely reported that it “wasn’t used by Dunn.”
Dunn, who fired ten shots into an SUV of teenagers after they refused to lower the volume of their music, was found guilty on four charges, including attempted murder of the three other teens, but the jury deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge related to Davis’s death.
But “Stand Your Ground”—which was created with the help of the National Rifle Association and allows a person who believes his safety is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense and, in some circumstances, without retreating—is embedded in the Florida statute dealing with the use of deadly force in self-defense.
Besides being cited by Dunn’s attorney, “Stand Your Ground” was also noted in the judge’s instructions to the jury.
CNN previously reported that “Stand Your Ground” had no role in George Zimmerman’s trial in the Trayvon Martin case, but the jury instructions specifically mentioned it. One of the jurors in that trial later said that Zimmerman had been found not guilty because he had “a right to defend himself” under “Stand Your Ground.”