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Testimony Continues in Loud Music Murder Trial

JACKSONVILLE (by Alan McBride & Deborah Roberts/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of Michael Dunn, a Brevard County man who stands accused of first-degree murder in the shooting of a teenager at a convenience store after an argument over loud music.
Prosecutors called their last witness in direct testimony Monday, just a week after jury selection began in Dunn's trial.
The episode took place Thanksgiving 2012 in Jacksonville, where Dunn was attending his son's wedding.
Maria Pagan, a state forensic analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, testified earlier in the day Monday that Dunn would have had to remove his gun from a holster and then load it just before the shooting.
Pagan's testimony bolstered the contention from prosecutors that Dunn acted with premeditation when he fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga., outside a convenience store.
Case records indicate that Dunn declared he was in fear for his life.
The defense claims that Dunn thought he saw one of the teens maneuvering a weapon, possibly a shotgun, as the SUV was pulling out of the parking lot, and he fired in self defense.
The prosecution contends that Dunn fired into the vehicle, then drove away from the scene after his girlfriend returned from errands inside the convenience store.
Dunn is facing one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.
Six men and 10 women are hearing the trial as jury and alternates.