JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a teenager following an argument over loud music coming from the teen's car will not go on trial until next year.
A Duval County Judge Russell Healey on Thursday granted a defense motion to delay 46-year-old Michael David Dunn's trial, which was set to begin on Sept. 23. The judge said the trial will likely occur sometime between mid-January and early February.
According to The Florida Times-Union, defense attorney Cory Strolla said he would not be ready for trial until next year. Strolla said more than 100 witnesses need to be interviewed, and he wouldn't have time to do that in the next month.
State Attorney Angela Corey, who is personally prosecuting Dunn, said she had no objection to delaying the trial.
Officials say Dunn parked at a Jacksonville gas station in November next to the vehicle where 17-year-old Jordan Davis was sitting with three other teens. Dunn complained about the loud music, and they started arguing. Dunn told police he thought he saw a gun and fired into the vehicle. Davis was fatally wounded.
The parents of Davis expressed frustration with the delay.
"It's just more excruciating for us to wait," Jordan's father, Ron Davis, said. "And it's more time to eat away at this family."
But Davis said he was OK with the delay if it made it harder for Dunn to appeal a conviction.