Evidence tech testifies in Dunn trial

By Vic Micolucci, General assignment reporter, vic@wjxt.com
News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 07 2014 06:40:00 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 07 2014 07:10:00 PM EST

The jury was back in court for the third day of testimony in the murder trial of Michael Dunn in the shooting death of Jordan Davis.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Michael Dunn murder trial continued Saturday after jurors elected to hear testimony rather than take the weekend off.

The first person called to the stand Saturday was the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office evidence technician who was sent to the scene of 17-year-old Jordan Davis' killing.

Detective Andrew Kipple testified that there were nine bullet holes in the Dodge Durango, but none in the front of the car.

He also said that three of the bullet holes were in the door where Jordan Davis was sitting and shell casings spread around the area.

"Enlighten the jury how the fragment, considering it was fired from the general location, ended up on the other side of the other parking space," Dunn's attorney Corey Strolla said. "Could have been kicked, thrown around," Detective Kipple replied.

Dunn has claimed that he saw a gun in the SUV the teens were in before he began shooting.

State Attorney Angela Corey asked Kipple, who examined the car both at the scene and again at the crime scene unit garage, if he saw anything resembling a gun.

"I didn't see any weapons," Det. Kipple said.

Friday, the three teens who were in the car with Davis the night of the shooting, said that Davis never attempted to get out of the car that night at the gas station, claiming the child locks were on.

Defense Attorney Corey Strolla questioned Kipple why the evidence picture he took of the lock was out of focus and spent a good bit of time questioning whether or not Kipple was adequately trained in ballistics and bullet trajectory analysis, also saying that he should have checked adjacent parking lots for a second scene.

Dunn, 47, has pleaded not guilty to murder.  Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, told jurors Dunn felt threatened and fired in self-defense. Under Florida law, Dunn had every right not to be a victim, the defense attorney said.

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