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In Front of a Jury



Recently I have been interested in the case of Michael Dunn, who was tried in late 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida, on a charge of first degree murder.  Dunn was ultimately convicted. What really interested me was the witnesses’ experiences on the stand, and how they might help us to understand what it would be like to testify in front of a jury.

One witness against Dunn was Rhonda Rouer, Dunn’s then-fiancee.  Her testimony is below.

Starting at about the 8 minute mark, Rouer discusses the events immediately preceding the murder, what she heard and saw when the murder took place and what she experienced afterwards.  Rouer’s testimony is very emotional.

Another witness against Dunn was Steven Smith, a contractor who happened to be walking just a few feet away from Dunn when the murder occurred.  His testimony is below.

At about the 5 minute mark, Smith discusses what he saw and heard around the time of the murder.

Fascinating stuff.  And though not a business case, it does show what it can feel like get up in front of a jury.

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