“We just keep asking, ‘Why? Why did this happen over $16?’ It has been so hard for our family—not only the loss that’s left a gaping hole in all of our hearts—but also to see our brother’s killer be released from jail, granted the right to travel, pretending that he was in some way the victim, when my brother will never celebrate another Christmas with his family,” writes Veronica Lopez. Her brother Christobal was shot and killed by former City Commissioner Michael Dunn Oct. 3 when he was trying to leave Dunn’s store with a hatchet he hadn’t paid for.
Crime / Justice
The judge who placed former City Commissioner Michael Dunn on house arrest after he was indicted on second-degree murder charges now says he can take a previously arranged trip to Savannah next month to celebrate his anniversary. He is also allowing Dunn to travel to Orlando to meet with lawyers.
Former City Commissioner Michael Dunn, charged with second-degree murder, is granted $150,000 bail by Judge Wayne Durden, who ordered him placed on house arrest. Dunn’s lawyer had asked for $15k-$25k bail. Dunn can’t have guns or ammo, judge says. #lkld https://t.co/ReDCDzJMPm
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- ABC Action News report, including video from the court hearing
- Ledger coverage
- Thursday night video: Dunn runs to elude reporters, TV cameras after his release from jail.
Lawyer Mark O’Mara of Orlando, who defended George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has joined Michael Dunn’s defense team. The newly resigned city commissioner has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a shoplifter at his military surplus store.
Michael Dunn’s resignation, effective immediately, means Gov. Scott won’t have to take steps to remove him from the Lakeland City Commission less than a year after being elected. City commissioners on Friday will discuss next steps on appointing a replacement and holding a subsequent special election. Also today, Dunn had a second appearance before a judge — this time accompanied by his lawyer. Bond is still denied after he was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the death of a shoplifter at his store.
City Commissioner Michael Dunn has been indicted by a grand jury on a 2nd-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a man attempting to shoplift a hatchet from Dunn’s store. The first-degree felony charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. It is expected that Gov. Scott will suspend him from office.
- Video: News conference with State Attorney Brian Haas and Police Chief Larry Giddens (via ABC Action News)
- Video: Dunn arrives at jail (via Tampa Bay Times)
- ABC Action News: In affidavit, police say victim did not threaten Dunn.
- Fox 13: Affidavit text | Indictment text
10 News talked with several associates of City Commissioner Michael Dunn about the video released Monday that shows him shooting and killing a shoplifter at his store:
- Gun rights advocate Ryan Thomas, owner of Tampa Carry, said, “Just because you’re a nice person doesn’t mean that you don’t make a mistake in the heat of the moment. … In my opinion, it is not a situation that a gun should have been pulled, shown to the customer or discharged.”
- Joan Peterson, a longtime friend and Dunn’s barber, said the video isn’t as incriminating as some say because it shows he “did everything that he could to keep him within the store.” She added Dunn has been upset and unable to eat.