Thanks again to the News-Press.com for the mention in their recent article on the Dunn trial. I know Mr. Dunn’s attorney, David Brener, takes an exception to my characterization of some of the facts of the case as horrific, but that’s a fair interpretation of the facts. Mr. Dunn is now convicted of taking a gun into a day care and shooting his estranged wife in front of a classroom full of children. It doesn’t matter what I call it in an article, those are bad facts that the jury will be weighing during the sentencing phase. I had also commented that there are mitigating factors that the jury would consider, such as Mr. Dunn’s history of mental health issues. That comment didn’t make the final cut, but Mr. Stewart did include Mr. Brener’s comments regarding his illness. Brener is an excellent death-penalty defender, and Mr. Dunn would be foolish to have him removed from the case, as he has requested of Judge Steinbeck.
As discussed in the article, the conviction is only part of the way to the death penalty, and the last several 1st Degree convictions in Lee County did not result in a death sentence. Mr. Brener was able to avoid the death penalty for Kemar Johnston, in spite of evidence that Mr. Johnston was a gang leader, and directed the torture of the 2 victims (though the details were in dispute). The last death sentence in Lee County was 5 years ago in the Twilegar case, wherein Mr. Twilegar beat the victim over the head and then buried him alive. Crimcourts will continue to follow the #robertdunn case.