Can someone explain to me what it takes to get convicted of murder in Florida?
Because it sure isn't murder.
This guy, Michael Dunn, is packing heat while waiting for his just-married stepson to emerge from a convenience store. While waiting, he became perturbed by an SUV, annoyingly most certainly, blasting away music from inside. Reports say Dunn opened a verbal altercation with the SUV's occupants then whipped out a gun and began doing a bit of his own blasting, killing one of the kids just as the SUV sped off to flee the nut.
Apparently finding none of this a big deal, Dunn proceeds back to his hotel room with his son where it is said he ordered pizza and kicked it up for the night before driving back to his home in Georgia the next day.
Convicted of murder? Hardly.
Curtis Reeves - Shot to death fellow movie-goer over overt texting. Appears on track to use "stand your ground" defense, because no-one should be allowed to hurl popcorn at another, and live to tell about it.
Michael Dunn - Shot to death teenager over loud music from SUV. Used verbiage of "stand your ground" in apparent defense strategy to align his actions with the principle.
George Zimmerman - Used "stand your ground" defense when "stay put and wait for cops" defense wasn't good enough.
The trial news is breaking right now that a mistrial has been declared over the first degree murder charge, one of five lodged against him. He was convicted of the other four lesser charges, and make no mistake, his life is over and he will spend the rest of his life in Florida prison. But between the Zimmerman case and this, I am really starting to wonder what "murder" means in Florida these days.