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A Matter of Degree: The Michael Dunn Trial

First degree murder is punishable by mandatory life or the death penalty. An individual accused of first degree murder is entitled to have their case heard by a twelve-person jury. The jury's verdict must be unanimous in Florida. An accused commits first degree murder by killing a person "...from premeditated design to effect the death of the person killed or any human being." A killing which occurs during the course of certain statutory felonies can also constitute first degree murder. See ยง782.04(1)(a) and (b), Fla. Stat. (2013). 

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