There is a fine line between fear and anger, especially during a heated confrontation. In a self-defense case, reasonable fear suggests a homicide may have been justified. Anger spells murder. Dunn said he told Davis, just before firing, “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch.” The statement connotes fear, with a tinge of anger. A witness, however, testified that Dunn said, “You’re not going to talk to me like that.” The statement conveys anger without fear. Assistant state attorney John Guy told the jury that “Jordan Davis disrespected Dunn, but he never threatened him.” He asked the jury to believe that Dunn shot Davis as a matter of wounded pride. While the first jury was split, a jury at a second trial rendered a swift guilty verdict, evidence they saw more anger than fear.
Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018