The murder of David Dorn, a retired St. Louis Police Captain, was one of the saddest moments of the BLM Riots of Summer 2020. This was what we wrote at that time:
David Dorn was a former St. Louis police Captain and was 77 when looters attacked the St. Louis Pawn Shop of a good friend.
From the St. Louis Dispatch:
The Ethical Society of Police, which represents black officers in St. Louis, mourned Dorn as “the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to.”
Flowers and a teddy bear sat outside the shop next to a handwritten sign that read, “Y’all killed a black man because ‘they’ killed a black man??? Rest in peace.”
Diane Davis, Dorn’s friend, brought the flowers on Tuesday. He was like a father for many, she said.
“He was a kind man, he was a great man, he is a missed man,” she said.
For 38 years, he served. Tim Fitch, the former St. Louis County police chief, praised Dorn as a “true public servant.” His wife, Ann, is a sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Even worse, his murder was captured on Facebook Live. A young man begged him not to perish and then told the looters that he would die to steal TVs.
We were shocked by the crime that rocked St. Louisans, but we also noted the inability of national media outlets to report the event.
Captain Dorn’s widow, Ann, delivered a moving speech at the RNC Convention in August of 2020.
Ann Dorn, David Dorn’s spouse, is a truly heart-wrenching moment
“Looters ransacked the shop. They shot and killed David in cold blood, and then live-streamed his execution and last moments on Earth… I relive that horror in my mind every day.”
This speech will stay with me forever. pic.twitter.com/C1e6eO6U2O
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 28, 2020
Shortly after, I was invited to the March for Peace hosted by Ann Dorn, St. Louis.
— Susie Moore (@SmoosieQ) August 30, 2020
This terrible crime has been finally punished. On Wednesday, a St. Louis jury found Stephan Cannon guilty of David Dorn’s murder. Fox2Now
Cannon was convicted Wednesday of charges including first-degree murder and first-degree theft, as well as three counts for armed criminal actions. The case will be heard on Wednesday, September 13th.
Brian Horneyer, the defense attorney for Brian Horneyer, said that he would file an appeal in his client’s favor. In the event that he is not allowed to appeal at sentencing time, he will seek a retrial.
Cannon, a Glasgow Village resident, was arrested just days later and charged with Dorn’s murder. Mark Jackson was also charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. He was accused of stealing $750, as well as three counts each of armed criminal activity. In connection to looting the company, at least four others were also charged.
After 12:35, a jury consisting of 9 women and 3 men started deliberations. For unspecified reasons, both the defense as well the prosecution agreed to withdraw one of the male jurors.
Cannon was charged with stealing $750 more during recess. The judge informed the jurors of this change after they were given instructions.
Just before 3:45 PM, the jury delivered its verdict.
Following the verdict, Ann Dorn and two of Captain Dorn’s daughters shared their feelings on the verdict outside the courthouse.