Michael Dunn: “I’m The Victim”

Recordings of jailhouse phone calls by defendant in loud music trial were released Tuesday

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Defendant Michael Dunn is brought into the courtroom just before 5 p.m., where Judge Russell Healey announced that the jury was deadlocked on charge one and have verdicts on the other four charges as they deliberate in the trial of Dunn, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, for the shooting death of Jordan Davis in November 2012.

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.

[Associated Press]