JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A website that includes Michael Dunn's version of events on the November night in 2012, when police say he shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis, claims to set the record straight.
Dunn maintains the shooting was in self-defense. First Coast News did a search to see who the site is registered to and it appeared to be private. On a Facebook group called "Justice for Michael Dunn," his daughter Rebecca wrote that she set up the website to make people aware of what was going on with her father. And while on the stand during his trial on Tuesday, Dunn mentioned the website.
Its homepage boasts a picture of Dunn, clean shaven and smiling. It claims to contain accurate information fighting back against "inaccurate" media reports.
"I was fighting for my life," said Dunn during four hours of testimony Tuesday.
FCN Legal Analyst A. Wellington Barlow said his testimony was necessary.
"He had to take the stand," said Barlow. "Because unlike the Zimmerman case for instance, Zimmerman's version was out there in the media churned over and over again. But Michael Dunn's wasn't."
Justicefordunn.com includes rebuttals to media reports. There's also a section called "Michael's Comments," where he speaks directly to the Jacksonville community.
"I am sorry for the tragic outcome of that night in Jacksonville and the loss of Davis' son. But I would offer that, rather than rail against the 'Stand Your Ground' laws, people take a look at the violence and lifestyle that the 'Gangsta Rap' music and the 'thug life' promote. The jails are chock full of young black men -- and so are the cemeteries. Gun laws have nothing to do with it. The violent sub-cultures that so many young men become enthralled with are destroying an entire generation. Root cause analysis says to correct the behavior. The black community needs to do a better job of selling worthwhile role models. Most importantly, young men need to know that they are not just risking jail time when they threaten the lives of others … they're risking their very own lives.
"I think you will find that the 'Stand Your Ground' laws were enacted due to the increase in violence this country is experiencing. If you want to stop people from having to defend themselves, you're attacking the problem from the wrong end."
"Unfortunately it's a situation that's going to polarize the community," said Barlow. "Some people are going to be on his side no matter what he did or didn't do, and some people are against him no matter what he did or didn't do."
According to a website registry, justicefordunn.com was created on September 26, 2013.
It also includes a section for donations, where people can help with his legal fees.