Jordan Davis Parents Responds Back To Juror No. 8
According to GlobalGrind:
Another juror has spoken out about the mistrial of Michael Dunn, insisting that race was never a factor in the case.
Miles tells CNN that she believes Dunn is a good guy who made poor decisions that fateful day:
“I honestly think he was a good guy. I don’t think he hates everyone and wants to shoot at everyone. I think he made bad decisions.”
She went on, saying the defense convinced her that Dunn shot the 16-year-old in self-defense, but changed her mind when she learned that he voluntarily engaged in an argument with Davis and the other teenagers in the SUV.
“I was defending him. I really think he was guilty of murder but not the first charge. I believe it was self defense until he chased the car down….We took a vote that day [Saturday] and I got so nervous, I thought ‘what if we completely messed up?”
Miles, who at 21 was the youngest member of the jury, told CNN that race was not a factor. She insisted that the jury never once thought of it as a ‘white on black’ crime.
“I just want everyone to understand that race was never brought up. It was about justice. When I walked into it that’s what I wanted to bring. Whether it was for Dunn, Jordan Davis or whoever, that’s what I wanted to do.”
As the court prepares to retry the case his summer, Miles wants the Davis family to know that she fought for Jordan:
“I would tell them from my end I tried, I really tried. Everyone felt that he was guilty.”
The court will meet again on March 24 to discuss a sentencing date. Dunn faces up to 60 years in
According to PoliticalNews:
The parents of slain Florida teenager Jordan Davis criticized one of the jurors in the trial of their son’s killer in an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, following the jurors’ first public comments since the Feb. 15 verdict.
“I don’t think she’s being genuine,” Ron Davis said of Creshuna Miles, who identified herself as “juror No. 8″ in the trial of Michael Dunn. “For her as an African-American female to go into this case, with this type of evidence, with this type of rage, with [Dunn] saying, ‘Thug music’? How can you as a juror not think that this was about race?”
In a separate interview, Miles told CNN, “I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy,'” saying she wanted to bring justice to the case. She stated that she felt Dunn was guilty of second-degree murder, but not first-degree murder. However, she did not indicate whether she voted to convict Dunn.
The jury deadlocked on first-degree murder charges while ruling him guilty on three counts of attempted murder for shooting at three of Davis’ friends inside a vehicle in November 2012. But Miles denied the possibility that Dunn, a white male, had gotten away with murder.
“They should knowledge themselves on the law,” Miles was quoted as saying.
“Do you think she is naive to say that this isn’t about race, or that race wasn’t involved?” Cooper asked the couple.
“I think she didn’t want it to be about race,” Jordan Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath, answered. “I think she really hoped that that was not an element of it. But it’s always been an element of what happened in our case.”
Ron Davis also rejected Miles’ statement that she believed Dunn was a “good guy,” pointing to testimony from Dunn’s fiancee, Ronda Rower.
“If she thought he was a nice guy, that tells me she wasn’t paying attention to the testimony,” Ron Davis said. “Miss Rower testified, he never said that there was a weapon in the car. No gun, no stick, bottle, anything. And he drove to the hotel, ate pizza. Drove home the next day. Not one time did he say there was a weapon, and who would do that?”
CNN also reported that another juror, who identified herself as Valerie, said the vote on the murder charges against Dunn went from 10-2 in favor of a conviction to 9-3 over the course of the 30-hour deliberation period.
“I believed he was guilty,” Valerie was quoted as saying.