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Verdict in Florida again raises self-defense issue

Updated Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 | 12:27 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, about 125 miles south of here.

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, could face 60 years in prison following his conviction Saturday on multiple counts of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers in 2012. One teenager died in the incident.

Jurors couldn't agree on the first-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, and a mistrial was declared.

In contrast, Zimmerman — who also claimed self-defense — was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Dunn's attorney has vowed to appeal.