Jacksonville woman sits in on Michael Dunn trial

By Kent Justice, Weekend anchor, reporter, kjustice@wjxt.com
Elizabeth Berry, Evening assignment manager, beth@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 07 2014 09:40:59 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 08 2014 12:03:43 AM EST

The Michael Dunn trial has become a case of national interest and some Duval County residents are being allowed to see the trial first hand.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Michael Dunn trial has become a case of national interest and some Duval County residents are being allowed to see the trial first hand.

A group of people applied through a selection process at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and some were chosen to be spectators in court during the trial.

Channel 4 spoke with Victoria Poller, who was selected to be in court, about why she wanted to be in court to see the trial take place.

"Thank God I didn't have to be a juror. I'm praying for them, being sequestered and everything," said Poller.

Poller told Channel 4 that the courtroom is the next best thing to serving as a juror. The experience is a new one for her.

"I wanted to see what went on. This is first time I've been seated in a court hearing," said Poller. "This gets you up close and personal, see the reactions, what's going on."

During the first full day of testimony Friday, the courtroom heard from people inside the car with Jordan Davis the night he was killed.

Witnesses admitted that Davis had harsh words for Dunn. Poller said she wishes it could have been settled peacefully.

"When I drive next to somebody, hear loud music, I roll up my windows. There's no sense in me turning up my Christian music so they can hear it a little bit louder than theirs, but if you don't want to hear it? Turn your -- roll your windows up," said Poller.

Poller told Channel 4 that she is trying not to get emotionally involved in the case, but she thinks race plays a factor in what happened. Poller said the state has already offered a compelling case, but she's reserving judgment until the end.

"We have to wait and see what happens. It will be interesting to see what the defense, who the defense is going to bring forth," said Poller.

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