Lawyer seeks delay in loud-music case sentencing
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Denise Hunt, left, tears up as she finds out the jury is deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge for Michael Dunn outside of the Duval County Courthouse as the jury enters the fourth day of deliberations, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. Large crowds gathered outside the courthouse to wait for a verdict in the Dunn trial. Dunn was convicted Saturday of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teenager during an argument over loud music, but jurors could not agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)
Denise Hunt, left, tears up as she finds out the jury is deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge for Michael Dunn outside of the Duval County Courthouse as the jury enters the fourth day of deliberations, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. Large crowds gathered outside the courthouse to wait for a verdict in the Dunn trial. Dunn was convicted Saturday of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teenager during an argument over loud music, but jurors could not agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)
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Jacob Black ducks his head behind a sign he holds for his mom Jacqueline Black outside of the Duval County Courthouse as the jury enters the fourth day of deliberations in the trail of Michael Dunn, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. Large crowds gathered outside the courthouse to wait for a verdict in the Dunn trial. Dunn was convicted Saturday of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teenager during an argument over loud music, but jurors could not agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)
Jacob Black ducks his head behind a sign he holds for his mom Jacqueline Black outside of the Duval County Courthouse as the jury enters the fourth day of deliberations in the trail of Michael Dunn, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. Large crowds gathered outside the courthouse to wait for a verdict in the Dunn trial. Dunn was convicted Saturday of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teenager during an argument over loud music, but jurors could not agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys are seeking to delay the sentence for a man convicted of attempted murder until after he's tried again for fatally shooting a teenager during an argument over loud music.

Michael Dunn was convicted last month and faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three teens — Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson and Tommie Stornes — who were in a car with Jordan Davis, 17, of Marietta, Ga. Dunn is accused of opening fire on the group as they were parked outside a Jacksonville gas station in 2012. Jurors deadlocked on whether Dunn was guilty of killing Davis, and Dunn is expected to be retired.

The Florida Times-Union reports that attorney Cory Strolla argued in a motion filed last week that it would be unfair to sentence Dunn before disposing of the murder charge. Sentencing is set for the week of March 24.

He said his client can't properly prepare a statement for a pre-sentencing report or testify because it would put him "in a very precarious legal dilemma regarding this 5th Amendment Right against self-incrimination."

Because Dunn won't be able to speak on his own behalf, he risks a more severe sentencing, Strolla said.

The teen's parents, Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, oppose delaying the sentence.

"A jury of 12 found Mr. Dunn guilty, and we hope that decision is treated with the respect it deserves," said John Phillip, an attorney representing Davis' parents.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com



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