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Ronald Davis takes stand in trial of Michael Dunn

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Updated: 2/10 9:05 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A line of questioning over rap music and socializing with young black teens, and testimony from the father of Ronald Davis headlined the Michael Dunn trial on Monday.

Testimony wrapped shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, but a discussion over a potential final expert witness and instructions to the jury kept both sides in the courtroom.

The judge said testimony could wrap by mid-morning on Tuesday and closing arguments following that afternoon.

The jury could get the case by Wednesday.


The State of Florida rested its case Monday following the testimony of Dr. Stacey Simons, an assistant medical examiner.

She walked jurors through graphic photographs of Jordan's body and his clothing from the night of his death.

Monday's session began with an expert on DNA from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Sukhan Wharf took the stand and testified for about 14 minutes before being excused.

Marie Pagan followed. She's a firearms expert for the FDLE. She went through the mechanics of how to fire a gun, and even used the gun allegedly used by Michael Dunn as part of her demonstration.

The trial took a lunch break and defense attorney Cory Strolla called his first witness at 1:30 p.m.

Two family friends, Randy and Beverly Berry, took the stand, followed by Frank Thompson.

The three witnesses are part of Dunn's circle of friends in an aviation group.

State Attorney Angela Corey's questions to Mrs. Berry led to a sidebar with the judge.

"Mrs. Berry, at any of these social occasions, did any of you play rap music? asked Corey.

"Play rap music?" asked Berry.

"Yes ma'am," responded Corey."

"No," said Mrs. Berry.

"We're there any young black teenagers at any of these social occasions?" asked the State Attorney?

Before Mrs. Berry could finish her sentence, Strolla objected.

A worker at a dry cleaning business near the Gate gas station took the stand briefly. Michelle Reeves told jurors she heard gunshots behind her, coming from the direction of the Gate gas station.

A few minutes later, Ronald Davis took the stand. He is the father of Jordan Davis. He and his family did not attend the morning court session with the graphic testimony.

Mr. Davis told the court he was shocked when he heard about his son's death.

"I was shocked that my son was killed," said Ronald Davis. His testimony, interrupted several times for sidebars and discussions over depositions, lasted for about 20 minutes.

Wedding guests and relatives testified for the defense Monday afternoon, including Michael Dunn's ex wife Phylis Molinaro, her daughter Lexi, JSO detective Travis Oliver Sr., and family friend Don Moes who hired Dunn for a software project at NAS Jacksonville.

Dunn, 47, is accused of shooting Jordan Davis, 17, at a Southside gas station.

Police said the two had been arguing over loud music coming from the SUV Davis and three of his friends were in.

Dunn has said he thought the young men had a weapon. No weapon was found.

Jordan's friends took the stand Friday.

On Saturday, Dunn's fianceé took the stand. Rhonda Rouer recounted the night of the shooting, claiming she and Dunn had been drinking, but Dunn wasn't impaired.

The trial will resume Tuesday at 9 a.m. Both sides are set to meet at 8 a.m. over the final witness.

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