The Next Trayvon Martin Case?

Jordan Russell Davis. Patch file photo
Jordan Russell Davis. Patch file photo
By Hunt Archbold

Jury selection is expected to begin in Jacksonville, Fla., in the trial of a 47-year-old white man charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a 17-year-old black male from Marietta, Ga.

The case is drawing comparisons to last year’s highly publicized George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case in nearby Sanford, Fla., which resulted in Zimmerman beingacquitted of second-degree murder.

Jacksonville’s State Attorney Angela Corey prosecuted that case and will be doing the same in the case set to start this week in northwest Florida.

On a late November 2012 evening, 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis and several other teenagers were sitting in an SUV in a convenience store parking lot when Michael David Dunn and his girlfriend pulled into the store’s lot.

Dunn reportedly asked the teens to turn down the music playing in their vehicle. After he and Davis exchanged words, Dunn shot and killed Davis, authorities said.

After fleeing the scene, Dunn was arrested at his home the next day on charges of murder and attempted murder.

According to the police report, Dunn said he saw a gun and felt threatened. Police never found the weapon. 

According to WSB TV, Davis split time at his mother’s home in Marietta and in Jacksonville with his father.

TheDoctor1963 February 03, 2014 at 11:42 PM
Where is the Lakeview connection? Why is this posted here?
Steve Marino February 04, 2014 at 12:46 AM
I always find it curious that the media is obsessed with any story that has a white person committing a violent act on a black person wether it be racially motivated or not. It almost seems as though they are trying to create racism and keep alive something that should be put behind us all. How many deaths did it take before the media even talked about the " knock out game" in which young black men are punching white men and women, some in there 80's, for the purpose of seriously injuring or killing them? How many of you were at the Rod Stewart concert in Boston the night that two young black men in their early twenties waited for the concert to let out, only to deliberately push dozens of unsuspecting elderly white people down the stairs to fall like dominos over one another? Several people were injured that night, and I am not sure if any were seriously injured or died that night because I read nothing about it, and nothing was on the news that night. I was really shocked that it got no press! It's mind boggling how the press handles the same or similar situations so differently based just on race.
Atom February 04, 2014 at 12:59 AM
the reason this is "news" is because the folks who teach in journalism school all seem to lean LEFT in their politics.... and as a result, feel the stories are only sensational when the author creates the story about racism....well I have" NEWS" for the author, the Patch, and the Huffington Post (parent of the patch)..we the People, are sick of the liberal bias in every story with your race baiting...ENOUGH...it works both ways!!
Roy Roscoe February 04, 2014 at 01:34 AM
Both children would be alive today if people just had better manners! How come nobody is protesting poor manners.
Gregory Urbach February 04, 2014 at 02:34 AM
It's amazing how much hand-wringing from white racists this story has generated. I don't disagree that the media is unfair on this issue. I think Robert Zimmerman was a victim of political correctness and deserved to be found not guilty, but all the whining here about black crime is just absurd. Our society is filled with all kinds of criminals due to poverty, ignorance and greed, and blaming the media or liberals is nothing but Tea Party Zombie politics.
Art Larson February 04, 2014 at 06:32 AM
So what ever happened with the black men arrested for gunning down the white college baseball player who was out for a jog last summer? Or the black guys that beat to death, the elderly white war veteran as he left the VFW last summer?
John February 04, 2014 at 08:21 AM
The incidents that Peter C. has shared with us only goes to prove how Liberal Rags (Patch being a big one) only care about "race baiting stories" like the Trayvon Martin incident or trying to make this story into another Trayvon story.72% of all black children are being born out of wedlock. Crime and drop out rates in the urban areas are absolutely out of control and the Liberal Rags lust for that one story where some white guy feels his life is threatened .Defends himself and then gets smeared. No word ever though of any of the horrible, murderous , brutal crimes that are perpetrated by blacks not just on whites but on other blacks. So, Patch can you do us all a big favor . And please stop with the race baiting stories and report ALL the news or don't report any of it !!
Ralph February 04, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Francis Soyer February 04, 2014 at 11:17 AM
And this folks is why they do it... this article has generated more comments then almost any other out there... so every time we comment they win... I guess I'm just as guilty!!!
Jill Arruda February 04, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Guilty as above. This race baiting bull needs to stop. This is also not Lower Macungie news. See ya, Patch.
Pauly February 04, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Did someone say earlier that the Patch was owned by Huffington Post? Tell me its not so! Nooooooooooooooooooooo!
Ericus Alanas February 04, 2014 at 01:33 PM
AOL. Part of it was recently sold to Hale Global and they slashed 2/3 of the staff. Also, probably why you see some random articles from other areas popping up.
Grumpy Old Man February 04, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Pauly - I heard the same thing as I understand there was some partnership or possible part ownership between AOL and the left wing HP. Ericas - only part and not all of it? I did see the post where hundreds of patch employees were fired after the sale. And the new policy are articles from other areas having no local interest or impact being placed on everyone's patch. So much for a local internet paper.
Ericus Alanas February 04, 2014 at 01:42 PM
AOL still retains a portion, Hale is the majority stake holder.
Grumpy Old Man February 04, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Kris Windom February 04, 2014 at 03:20 PM
The only relation between this story and the Travon story in that it involved a non-black person killing a black person. Way to sensationalize the story Brian Slupski.
Roy Roscoe February 04, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Do many bad examples in life for children. No wonder the grow up like weeds. They need to be cultivated not just fed and watered. There is a lot of evidence of parents doing a bad job of parenting. Where's the love?
Wade February 04, 2014 at 09:08 PM
The racist here are the author of this article and the Patch! Start covering black on white and black on black crimes with the same amount of priority and you may earn some credibility back. Until then, as George Thorogood said, "Now you funny too."
Maria February 05, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Is this a Milford Story?
Grumpy Old Man February 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Yes, Maria, because it demonstrates the racist viewpoint of the MSM. Peter Cianelli - thanks for the comment. Of course it is a shame that this kid was killed and if the facts are accurate the shooter is going to jail. It is not Trayvon Martin or anything close to it. Trayvon Martin did not involve racism except that manufactured by Sharpton and the MSM. The comments to this post are not indicative of white racism because they show the double standard that the MSM has. The killing of a black person by a white is sifted for any racial involvement and any facts to support the left gun grabber arguments. The killing of a white by a black is generally ignored and the killing by black gang bangers of other blacks is usually written off or attributed to the "easy availability of guns." Frankly, the coverage of these shootings, and in particular, the mass shootings (which involve an infinitely lower number of deaths or casualties than do the killing by gang bangers in inner cities) are overdone. I can't prove it but I wouldn't doubt that some of these wackos see themselves as being in the headlines when they go out and shoot up a school, a mall, a theatre, etc. Perhaps not, but other than drumming up support for the left wing gun grabber arguments, just what purpose do these stories have? Appeal to our prurient interest?
Marie rava February 05, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Tom Hollman February 06, 2014 at 08:33 AM
WHY play the radio so loud? Lets get at the cause
John February 06, 2014 at 08:52 AM
My gosh Marie we're right here. You don't have shout !! lol
mark February 07, 2014 at 07:47 AM
FACTS! There are more blacks killing whites than whites killing blacks! Obama and the black Governor in Massachusetts are killing whites economically which is worse than being shot and killed!
Pam J February 07, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I don't think it helps that the photo you printed has this guy in a hoodie, looking like Trayvon.
Roy Roscoe February 07, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Mark, When it comes to Economic Policy they are hurting all races indiscriminately!
Samo Umer February 09, 2014 at 10:43 AM
creepy ass moufakkaz beez kilin our chilrens fo nuffens maing only cuz dae blk nomesane wutamsayin?
paris brenn February 10, 2014 at 02:52 AM
Unfortunately, yes, Samo- I do know what you're saying. People who speak like this -are more likely TO be killed. nomesane?
Grumpy Old Man February 12, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Which department do you work for?
Francis Soyer February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM
big bri - that is a great idea, we could model ourself after Somalia


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