Observer writing book on Michael Dunn trial

By Hailey Winslow, General assignment reporter, hwinslow@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 15 2014 02:49:20 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 15 2014 02:50:07 PM EST

Photo by Bob Mack, pool

Michael Dunn returns to the courtroom during jury deliberations. He claims he shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis in self-defense outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012 after an argument over loud music.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Fathiyyah Muhammad has spent every day during the last two weeks in the courtroom for the Michael Dunn trial, listening in on all the proceedings.

"We call ourselves the 'Bold New City of the South,' and I think when this case is over, the world will call us the 'Bold New City of the South,'" Muhammad said.

She's been busy scribbling notes for her first book.

"It's called 'An Eagle's Eye View of the Michael Dunn Murder Trial,' and I think people should get a good view just from an ordinary person's point of view, not someone who's written several books," Muhammad said.

She had to submit her name to a lottery to sit in on the trial.

"I feel like I've won the lottery because every day I've been chosen," she said.

The days have dragged on, but Muhammad said the wait is worth it to witness one of the biggest cases in the country.

"I think it's a little longer than most people expected, but that's the American way," she said. "This is our system and we have to let it play out."

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