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Will Michael Dunn testify?

Will Michael Dunn testify?

Will Michael Dunn take the stand in his own defense? The prosecution rested on Monday and now the attention shifts to the defense in the Michael Dunn murder trial.  Defense attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara breaks down the trial so far and gives his predictions on the defense case. 

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Jane: Marius the giraffe isn't the only one

Jane: Marius the giraffe isn't the only one

The story of Marius the giraffe is horrific. Marius was a healthy giraffe living in the Copenhagen Zoo when he was killed and fed to the lions. This was done despite a petition signed by tens of thousands of people asking them not to kill Marius, and there were even offers from other zoos to take Marius in. 

This is a terrible waste of a beautiful creature, but it just highlights the ugly backstory of how we treat animals. The only difference was we got to see it. And unbelievably, so did a group of children. Marius was dismembered and fed to the lions in front of an audience of children and their parents. That sends a horrible message to kids that violence toward animals is OK. Didn’t anyone stop and think about the studies that show violent killers often abused animals as children? Why would you want to expose kids to that idea at all?

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Michael Dunn: Was there more than one gun?

Michael Dunn: Was there more than one gun?

It was an explosive day in court during the Michael Dunn murder trial.

Friends who were in the car with Jordan Davis took the stand, explaining what happened the night the 17-year-old was shot and killed by Michael Dunn. Both legal teams bombarded the young men with questions about safety locks, weapons and music. When asked if it’s possible there was a gun or other weapon in the car, all three friends said "no."  The defense team, however, was quick to follow up, saying due to a shoddy police investigation, they could have ditched a gun.

The race to save Sochi's stray dogs

The race to save Sochi's stray dogs

It's a race against time to save Sochi's dogs. WARNING - the video is graphic.

As the Olympic opening ceremony gets underway, it's open season on the thousands of strays wandering the city's streets and they’re being rapidly, cruelly, exterminated. Russian policies are calling these living, breathing creatures biological trash.

Was it murder, or self-defense?

Was it murder, or self-defense?

Cold-blooded killer or acting in self-defense?

That's the heated debate happening inside a Jacksonville, Florida, courtroom as the jury heard opening statements in the Michael Dunn murder trial.

Michael Dunn faces first-degree murder charges after killing teen during loud music spat

Did dispute over loud music lead to murder?

Opening statements begin Thursday in the trial of a Florida man accused of opening fire on an SUV full of teens and killing one of them after an argument over loud music.

Michael Dunn told police that on November 23, 2012, he confronted 17-year-old Jordan Davis and three other teens, who were parked next to him at a Jacksonville gas station.

We have a jury: 12 seated in loud music murder trial

We have a jury: 12 seated in loud music murder trial

Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected Wednesday in the murder trial of Michael Dunn.

Reporters inside the court say the makeup of the jury is diverse: 10 females and six males -- 11 of whom appear to be Caucasian, three of whom appear to be African-American, one of whom appears to be of Asian descent and the last appears to be Hispanic.  The Jacksonville judge overseeing the trial said the jury will be sequestered for the remainder of the trial.

Hoffman told stranger: 'I'm a heroin addict'

Hoffman told stranger: 'I'm a heroin addict'

John Arundel is a magazine journalist who spoke with Philip Seymour Hoffman last month at Sundance Film Festival. Arundel says he met the late star in a bar where Hoffman introduced himself as a heroin addict.

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Michael Dunn jury will be sequestered

Michael Dunn jury will be sequestered

Jury selection continued today in the trial of Michael Dunn, the middle aged white man accused of gunning down an unarmed 17-year-old African American boy.  It was announced today that the jury will be sequestered during the trial.  Jury selection is expected to wrap up later this week, meaning the trial could begin as soon as Wednesday.

Dunn, a software developer, is accused of shooting Jordan Davis in a Jacksonville, Florida parking lot after arguing over loud music.  Dunn claims Davis and his friends threatened him, and even claims he saw one of the teens in the car with Davis raise a shotgun before he opened fire.  Dunn's attorney says he shot in self-defense, and he may argue Florida's "stand your ground" law during the trial.

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