Juror No. 8: Race never an issue in Michael Dunn trial
Updated On: Feb 20 2014 10:40:00 PM EST
The second of the 12 jurors who convicted Michael Dunn of attempted second-degree murder has come forward.
In an exclusive interview with Channel 4 news partner CNN, juror No. 8 says race was never a factor in the verdict.
Creshuna Miles, 21, is one of the two African-American women on the 12-member jury that deliberated for four days and remained deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
She started the interview by saying she didn't think Michael Dunn was a bad guy, adding she was convinced he originally fired in self defense, but said those last shots Dunn fired after the SUV was driving away is where she had to draw the line.
"I honestly think he was a good guy. I don't think he hates everybody. I don't think he walks around wanting to shoot everybody. I think that he made bad decisions," said Miles.
Miles said she was only concerned about one thing during the trial -- justice.
"I never once thought about, 'Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy,' because that wasn't the case," Miles said.
"So, the people who say, 'Here's another white guy who got away with shooting and killing a black kid,' what would you tell them?" CNN's Alina Machado said.
"I would tell them that they really should knowledge theyself on the law," Miles said.
"If this case wasn't about race, then what was it about for you?" Machado asked.
"It was about justice," Miles said. "When I walked into it, I just wanted to bring justice to whoever it was. If it was Michael Dunn, I wanted to bring justice to him. If it was Leland (Brunson), Tevin (Thompson), Tommy (Stornes) or Jordan, I wanted to bring justice to them."
Miles talked about how hard the decision making process was for the jury and said it got pretty heated at times inside the deliberation room.
"It was wild. like there was shouting. there was a lot of yelling," said Miles.
She said by Saturday, the day they finished deliberations, the jury was nervous wanting to make sure they were doing the right thing.
"We just prayed that everybody had a peace of mind everybody was open," said Miles.
Miles wanted Davis' parents to know she tried to fight for their son. They just couldn't agree on the first degree murder charge.
"I saw the look on his dad's face when we was on the stand. and I know it hurts and its like oh thinking you got this wound healed and then somebody slices it open again. Cause now they gotta go through that whole process all over again," said Miles.
Miles said the witness who made the biggest impact on her was Dunn's fiancee, Rhonda Rouer. She said they could tell she was nervous and could hardly move, but felt she got up and told the truth.
Dunn claims he shot Davis in self-defense. He faces 60 years or more in prison when he's sentenced next month.
On Wednesday, juror No. 4, known as Valerie, told ABC's "Nightline" that Dunn should have been convicted of first-degree murder. On that charge, Valerie said the jury was split over the issue of self-defense.
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