TODAY   |  February 17, 2014

‘Loud music’ trial ends in mistrial on first-degree murder

A jury found Michael Dunn guilty of three charges of second-degree murder in a shooting that killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a reported dispute over loud music coming from Davis’ car; however, the jury deadlocked on the most serious charge, first-degree murder, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial on that charge. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>> that's right. and we're starting off with a very controversial trial. the decision of a so-called loud music trial sending shock waves far beyond a courtroom. the jury was unable to agree on the main charge in the case whether michael dunn is guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old jordan davis . nbc's kerry sanders has been following all of it for us and has the latest.

>> as to count one, i would declare that mistried.

>> michael is dudunn is going to prison but not for the murder of davis .

>> we will not standby and let you use the law to kill our young black boys .

>> reporter: and a protest following the mistrial, anger and disbelief the jury could not agree on a first-degree murder charge.

>> that's why we're all here and we're feeling like maybe justice wasn't done for jordan .

>> dunn claimed he feared for his life and fired in self-defense. but was convicted on three counts of attempted murder for firing ten shots at the suv with davis and his three friends.

>> the first thing he said to me is how did this happen? and i think he was in disbelief, how could they find second-degree or attempted second-degree murder on those counts?

>> dunn now faces 60 years in prison for those convictions and prosecutors say they plan to re-try him on the first-degree murder charge.

>> we will continue to wait for justice for jordan .

>> kerry sanders , nbc news, jacksonville.