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Michael Dunn 'Loud Music' Trial: Prosecution Makes Its Case

The prosecution has begun to make its case in the trial of Michael Dunn, who shot and killed Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music.

Michael Dunn 'Loud Music' Trial: Prosecution Makes Its Case
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The trial of Michael Dunn wrapped up its first week after a special court session Saturday. The 47-year-old Dunn is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis over an argument about loud music.

Dunn, along with his fiancée Rhonda Rouer, stopped at Gates gas station next to an SUV containing Davis and three friends on Nov. 23, 2012. Dunn says he complained to Davis's friends about their loud music. (Via ABC)

Davis reportedly told his friends not to turn their music down, which lead to a confrontation during which Dunn shot and killed Davis. In a police interview, Dunn said he thought Davis was armed.

The prosecution is charging Dunn with first-degree murder, noting the police never found a weapon in their investigation. Dunn's defense claims he shot at Davis out of self defense, taking refuge in Florida's controversial stand your ground law.

After the opening arguments on Thursday, jurors heard from Davis's three friends who were in the car. On Friday, they told the court Davis didn't have a weapon and never physically threatened Dunn. (Via HLN)

"I tried to pull him down, but when I pulled him down he just fell into my lap. ... When I reached and touched him, blood appeared on my fingers." (Via MSNBC)

The prosecution also called on multiple police investigators, who told the court they found nine bullet holes in the SUV was killed. They also reiterated they did not find a gun on Davis or in the vehicle he was traveling in.

But defense attorney Corey Strolla blasted the investigators, saying they never found a weapon due to sloppy police work.

DEFENSE: "If somebody takes a weapon, and throws it into a bush, and you don't look in that bush, you're never going to find it, are you?"

TECHNICIAN: "True." (Via WJXT)

And Saturday, Dunn's fiancée Rouer took the stand to give an emotional testimony about what she had witnessed.

"Cashier said, 'There's a guy and he has a gun.' And I turned around to see who she was talking about. ... I saw Michael looking out his driver's door." (Via Fox News)

A legal analyst for CNN says Rouer's testimony, particularly her description of Dunn, could give the prosecution an edge in the trial.

"She is having to admit, he says things that are inappropriate, he writes things that are inappropriate, he has these habits that maybe led up to this. ... Her better than anybody can show that jury what's in that man's mind."

Dunn's trial resumes Monday.