Judge to review evidence released to media in Dunn case

By Eric Wallace, Producer, ewallace@wjxt.com
Published On: Nov 19 2013 04:30:47 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 19 2013 04:31:29 PM EST

Michael Dunn appears in court for a pretrial hearing.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The judge in the Michael Dunn case says he will be reviewing evidence in the case before it's made public through media outlets.

Last month, prosecutors released letters Dunn wrote from jail while awaiting trial in the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

The judge said he didn't know the letters were being released and was worried they could taint the potential jury pool.

He then said he would review all evidence after that point.

Channel 4 and other media outlets filed a motion to fight that decision. The judge has now denied that motion and said the steps he will take to ensure a fair trial are in keeping with the U.S. Constitution.

The judge said he based part of his decision on the fact that social media and blogs make it easy to spread potentially irrelevant and inadmissible evidence, which could taint potential jurors.

Dunn's trial is set to begin Feb. 3.

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