Florida State Attorney’s Office (LAKELAND, Fla.) — The former city commissioner charged with shooting an alleged shoplifter at his Army surplus store was released from prison on Thursday — and has hired a high-powered attorney to represent him in his case.Michael Dunn, who was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Christobal Lopez on Oct. 3, was released on $150,000 bail and sprinted from the Polk County jailhouse to an SUV late Thursday.The former city commissioner for the Southwest district of Lakeland, Florida, has hired Mark O’Mara to represent him. O’Mara gained national attention in 2012 when he successfully defended George Zimmerman from a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.Dunn, 47, appeared before a judge on Thursday where O’Mara argued that the local politician was acting in self-defense when Lopez, 50, allegedly stole a hatchet from Dunn’s store. According to an arrest affidavit, Dunn confronted Lopez at the front door and Dunn grabbed the other man’s T-shirt before losing grip and opening fire. Lopez was struck twice and died on the scene.The incident garnered national attention when police released surveillance footage of the confrontation on Oct. 15.The city commissioner resigned from his position last week in a letter obtained by Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-TV, saying, “It is with a heavy heart that I submit this letter to you. Wherein I am tendering my resignation as Commissioner of the SW District of Lakeland effective October 20, 2018.”Dunn has always claimed he was acting in self-defense and raised the state’s “stand your ground” law, famously used in the defense of Zimmerman.“You look at that hatchet and you have to believe that, as everyone else who sees it, it’s a deadly weapon, and when he decided to arm himself with a deadly weapon, that things could happen to you,” O’Mara said in court Thursday.State Attorney Brian Haas refuted that defense in charging Dunn last week.“I have determined that this case and the actions of Mr. Dunn fall outside the protection of the ‘stand your ground’ law,” Haas said at an Oct. 20 news conference.Lawyer Adam Kemp, who is representing the Lopez family, said his client was trying to get away and posed no harm.“Nobody deserves to lose their life over a $13 or $16 hatchet,” Kemp said. “You should ultimately be held accountable for your decisions, and we believe this was a senseless, preventable act.”Dunn was ordered not to contact Lopez’s family and stay away from the Vets Army Navy Surplus store he co-owns and where the shooting took place. He also surrendered any firearms he owns.He was placed under house arrest, which O’Mara lobbied unsuccessfully against in court.Lopez’s family did not attend Thursday’s hearing.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
When they say “the music never stopped,” they really mean it. Live for Live Music is proud to present an exciting Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performance, coming in hot on the heels of the Grateful ensemble Dead & Company after their performance at Folsom Field on July 3rd. KDTU will hit the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO, just a short distance away from the Dead & Co show. Denson has seen continued career growth in recent years, most notably when he was called into action on tour with the Rolling Stones. 2016 has seen Denson busier than ever, working on new music with the esteemed Greyboy Allstars ensemble. However, it’s Tiny Universe that Denson is most at home, commanding his own band with a fiery passion. Whether its original music, Prince tributes, or more, there’s no shortage of good time grooves whenever the KDTU come to town!Denson is also no stranger to Grateful Dead late nights, as his band hosted an outrageous party in the wee hours of the morning after Fare Thee Well last summer in Chicago. Check out more about that show here.With the band set to pack their funky punches, don’t miss out! Tickets and more information about this exciting show can be found here.Show InfoKarl Denson’s Tiny UniverseBoulder Theater // Boulder, COJuly 3rd post-Dead & CompanyDoors @ 11 PM // Show @ 12 AM // 18+Tickets hereEnter to win a pair of tickets below!