• SPLIT VERDICT IN RACE-TINGED US MURDER TRIAL

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: A Florida jury convicted a man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud music, of attempted murder on Saturday, but failed to find him guilty of a more serious murder charge. Michael Dunn, who is white, said he feared for his life when he opened fire on a red sport utility vehicle in a gas station parking lot, killing Jordan Davis, 17 in November 2012. Jurors convicted Dunn, 47, on four charges, including three counts of attempted second-degree murder against three other teenagers in the vehicle who survived, and of discharging a firearm after asking them to turn their music down. Prominent civil rights activist Al Sharpton joined other critics in decrying the “disappointing verdict.” Even though the 12-member jury failed to agree on the primary first-degree, or premeditated, murder charge, Dunn still faces a hefty jail term of at least 60 years.

    AFP

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