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Michael Dunn: 'I have every right of self-defense'

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Updated: 2/11 9:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Dunn, the man accused of killing Jordan Davis, relived the fatal encounter for the jury as he took the stand in his own defense.

"I have every right of self-defense and I took it," Dunn told the court during a cross-examination by Assistant State Attorney John Guy.

Dunn told jurors he used a nice voice to ask the teens in the red SUV to turn the music down.

"Can you turn it down, please?" testified Dunn. The defendant said he saw someone in the backseat slam what appeared to be a shotgun against the door.

"To my eye it was a 12 gauge," testified Dunn.

Dunn began describing the night of the shooting from when he was at his son's wedding.  Dunn said he and his fiancee left the wedding early to go back to the hotel to let his dog out.

His GPS system, according to his testimony, led them past a Gate gas station at Baymeadows Road and Southside Boulevard.  He pulled in.

Dunn testified he parked in the closest spot to the door of the Gate gas station where his fiancee went in to buy wine and chips.

"Just in and out," said Dunn.

Dunn told the jury the music coming from the red SUV in the spot next to his pickup truck was deafening.

"I just heard the thumping," said Dunn.

"Body panels of the SUV were rattling, my rear-view mirror was shaking, my ear drums were vibrating, this was ridiculously loud music," testified Dunn.

Dunn said he's asked other people to turn down the music in their cars without any problems.

But on this occasion, Dunn testified the situation went south, quickly.

Dunn later testified about the moment the teen in the backseat threatened him.

Dunn told the court the man in the backseat got out of the SUV.  Dunn thought the teen had a shotgun, after seeing what appeared to be a shotgun slammed against the seat.

That's when Dunn pulled his pistol out of the glovebox.

Dunn said he was shooting to defend himself.

Dunn said he still feared for his life while at his hotel.  "Every car was a red SUV," he said.

"We might be in trouble with local gangsters, but I didn't do anything wrong," said Dunn.

Dunn said they ordered pizza.

The next morning they drove home to Brevard County.  Dunn said the 2 1/2 hour drive lasted like a blink of an eye.

Court began before 9 a.m. as lawyers on both sides debated whether to allow a possible expert witness to testify.

Action News Leslie Coursey followed the hearing from a courtroom overflow room. The witness, Dr. Abuso, is an expert on "acute stress responses."

The judge ruled the witness will not testify.

Closing arguments are now expected to happen sometime Wednesday.  The jury is due back at 10 a.m.

Four hours have been set side for closing arguments.

Dunn is accused of killing the 17-year-old Wolfson High School student at a Gate gas station on the day after Thanksgiving in 2012.

Dunn claimed he fired at an SUV full of teenagers in self-defense. Police did not find any weapons at the scene.

The defense rested shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  Attorneys for both sides remained in the court room well past 6:30 p.m. to discuss the next steps in the trial.

Stay connected to Action News for live streaming coverage of the trial and verdict as it is announced.

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