Michael Dunn is the man charged with the shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after they were allegedly engaged in an argument over loud music coming from the car the teen was in at a gas station.
Davis died almost immediately and Dunn has been charged with first degree murder. He is currently in prison awaiting trial.
Dunn, 46, believes he acted in self-defense that night last November, when he shot eight or nine bullets into the car after the altercation escalated.
In the time he has spent behind bars, Dunn has written several incendiary letters to family members and friends.
According to News4Jax, Dunn has written over 100 letters, which an attorney for the Davis family called “shockingly racist.”
In a letter addressed to his “baby” Dunn wrote:
The fear is that we may get a predominately black jury and therefore, unlikely to get a favorable verdict. Sad, but that’s where this country is still at. The good news is that the surrounding counties are predominately white and Republican and supporters of gun rights.”
“I was thinking an easy way to die would be to ask a car load of thugs to turn their stereo down!” he wrote in another letter, referencing the friends that were in the car with Davis.
According to the Huffington Post, Dunn wrote the
following statement in a letter addressed to his grandmother:
“The jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these (expletive) idiots, when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.”
In another letter he said:
“I’m really not prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable. They espouse violence and disrespect towards women. The black community here in Jacksonville is in an uproar against me — the three other thugs that were in the car are telling stories to cover up their true “colors.”
Upon discovery of these letters, Attorney John Phillips, who represents Davis’ parents, told Jacksonville.com: “I don’t stutter very often, but I’m almost speechless. I’ve never seen such racist ignorance in my life.”
Dunn’s trial is reportedly scheduled for Sept. 23.
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