The Florida man who was convicted Saturday of three attempted second-degree murder charges in a dispute over loud music that ended in the death of a 17-year-old boy compared his situation to that of a rape victim, according to recorded jailhouse phone conversations with his fiancée that prosecutors released Tuesday.
Michael Dunn, 47, fatally shot Jordan Davis in November 2012 in a parking lot, and has since argued that he felt threatened by the African American teenager and his friends and that the shooting was self-defense.
“I’m the victim here,” Dunn told his fiancé Rhonda Rouer in a newly released recording. “I was the one that was being preyed upon and I fought back.”
Dunn was convicted over the weekend of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at the group of teenagers, but the jury was hung on the first-degree murder charge.
Despite Dunn’s claim that he felt threatened because he saw a gun pointed at him from the teenagers’ car, no gun was ever found in the S.U.V.