Family of slain Marietta teen Jordan Davis getting their day in court

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News vehicles outside a Jacksonville courthouse on the first day of the Michael Dunn murder trial (First Coast News)

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The family of a Marietta teen killed in Jacksonville are getting their day in court. Monday was the first day of Michael Dunn's first degree murder trial for the November 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, allegedly over loud music.

The teen's mother, Lucia McBath says she's been waiting for this day since Jordan was killed, and that she's ready for whatever happens at the trial.

Florida is not seeking the death penalty against Dunn, but he has been charged with first degree murder.

The case involves a teen fatally shot following a confrontation over loud music. Dunn says the teens in a red SUV with Davis had a gun, forcing Dunn to protect himself. Police investigating the shooting at a Jacksonville gas station never found a weapon.

Since Jordan's death, McBath has traveled the country, advocating for stricter gun legislation. She is now the national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and says she thinks a guilty verdict in the trial could go a long way toward speaking for victims of gun violence across the nation. 

Presiding Judge Russell Healy said Monday that video or audio recording would not be allowed inside the courtroom during the trial. Day two of jury selection begins Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.


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*  'Stand Your Ground' and the sad case of Jordan Davis

(First Coast News contributed to this report)

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