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Family of ‘stand your ground’ shooting victim settles civil case with defendant

By George Chidi
Saturday, January 4, 2014 20:10 EDT
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Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis
 
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The family of a teenager killed in 2012 after an argument with an older man over loud music at a Florida gas station has settled their civil suit against the shooter for an undisclosed sum.

The Florida Times Union reported Friday that defendant Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer accepted a civil settlement offer made by the family of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old student from Marietta, Ga., who had been living in Jacksonville with family at the time he was killed.

Dunn’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 3.

The case carries echoes of the Trayvon Martin affair: both victims were black teenagers shot by older white men claiming fear for their lives. In the Dunn case, however, the defendant appears to be preparing a formal Stand Your Ground legal defense, claiming that Davis and his friends had pointed a weapon at him before he opened fire. No weapon possessed by the teenagers has been recovered by police.

Watch news of the settlement below.

 
 
 
 
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