Both Sides Vow to Fight on in Florida Loud Music Case

Prosecutors will seek to overturn mistrial in the first-degree murder charge against Michael Dunn

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Defendant Michael Dunn looks back at his family on day two of his first-degree murder trial in Jacksonville, Fla. , on Feb. 7, 2014.

After a mistrial in the first-degree murder charge against Michael Dunn, both sides have said they will fight on.

A Florida jury convicted Dunn of three charges of attempted murder on Saturday, but the prosecution still wants a conviction for first-degree murder, and Dunn wants to appeal the convictions he already has, CBS Atlanta reports.

State Attorney Angela Corey said prosecutors would seek a new trial in Duval county, after failing to convict Dunn on first-degree murder charges for the killing of unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis. “We have to sit down with our victim’s family. We hope to do that in the next couple of weeks. But as far as we’re concerned, we intend to retry him, retry Michael Dunn on first degree murder,” said Corey in a press conference Saturday night.

Corey made her statement as protestors marched outside her office, demanding she be removed from office for not securing the murder conviction, First Coast News reports.

Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, said he would appeal his client’s convictions on attempted murder charges and likely ask for a change of venue for an unbiased jury.

Dunn shot into a car of teens last year during an argument over whether they were playing their music too loudly, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. After 30 hours of deliberation in a case that has been compared to the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, the jury could only agree to finding him guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into an occupied car. Dunn will likely spend decades behind bars.