Graffiti found inside Michael Dunn's jail cell
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 08:01:14 PM EDT
The state attorney's office has released photos of writings and drawings found inside Michael Dunn's jail cell in December.
The photos were not used during Dunn's murder trial last month.
The signs drawn were a stop sign with the word "Thugs" written on it, a Celtic knot, three "S" symbols, a lightning bolt, and an interwoven image with the words justice, liberty, equality and freedom.
The quotes found were: "Fresh friee," "Sometimes your life just changes in the blinking of an eye," "Malicious Prosecution," "Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6," and "Self defense is not a crime."
The following statutes were written:
- 776.012 (Florida statute use of force in defense of person)
- 776.032 (Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force)
Also written were, "Ignorance begets intolerance," "The 'Thug life' is no way to live," "Government assistance destroys ambition," "Say 'farewell' to welfare! Work hard and be happy," "Those who kill in self defense treasure life," "Not all liars are thugs, but all thugs are liars. (or have bad memories)," and "Marks."
Dunn was convicted last month of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. A mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
Dr. Will Meadows, a forensic psychologist, said no one can say definitely say the drawings are Dunn's, but they offer some insight if they are.
"(It) could reflect an individual strongly fixated on his case and feels a strong conviction for the defense that he's taken to the point to where he feels the need to express it through some form of artwork on his cell," Meadows said. "Certainly, one hypothesis would be that there may be one's judicial stereotypes. How that relates to the case I don't know. It may be related to the case, it may be related to the environment Mr. Dunn was placed in or the experiences he had there."
Attorney Gene Nichols, who's not affiliated with the case, doubts the prosecution would try to introduce the images if Dunn is retried on the first-degree murder charge.
"Unless it was a full-blown admission and they could establish that it was him, chances are very slim that these pictures would see the light of day in a trial," Nichols said.
Dunn will remain at the Duval County jail. He's scheduled to be back in court Friday for a hearing.
The judge could determine whether or not to delay his sentencing on the attempted murder convictions until after his is retried on the murder charge.
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