Ahmaud Arbery case: Three white men on trial for death of Black jogger

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A year after he was shot dead while jogging, the trial in the Ahmaud Arbery case is set to begin with jury selection on Monday.

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At least 600 people have been asked to report to a Georgia court for jury selection in connection with the shootings of three white men, Greg McMichael, his son Travis and their neighbor William Bryan for murder and other crimes. The lawsuit has been filed. In the death of a 25-year-old black man.

According to APThe jury selection process is expected to last at least two weeks, with the case facing local and national scrutiny.

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At least 1,000 court notices were sent to potential jurors by Glynn County court officials.

From a pool of 600 expected on Monday, potential jurors in groups of 20 will be called to the courthouse, Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald Adams told AP.

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Earlier, along with jury summons, questionnaires were sent to prospective jurors asking them what they knew about the case, the source of their information and whether they had posted any social media posts related to Arbery’s murder. commented or did they visit the site. Strike.

A former Georgia prosecutor who was working on the case was prompted last month to try to defend the McMichaels in the case.

Arbery was shot and killed while jogging in his neighborhood outside the port city of Brunswick in February 2020.

Travis allegedly chased the father-son duo in a pickup truck before shooting her at close range three times. Mr. Bryan followed him in another vehicle and filmed the entire sequence.

The trio were arrested more than two months after the incident after the video leaked online and the case was transferred from local police to state investigators.

The case dominated social media as well as news last year as protests against racist killings continued after the death of George Floyd.

Lawyers in the case are expected to see potential jurors in groups as well as individually to see if they can act as a jury in the case without prejudice.

The case is expected to go on for a few weeks after the selection of a jury of 12 and four options (in case a member becomes ill).

According to Arbery’s lawyers, he was unarmed and was only jogging when he was chased by the McMichaels and Brian and eventually shot.

Defense lawyers, on the other hand, have said that the trio suspected Arbery of being a thief, and that Travis only shot him in self-defense when Arbery allegedly attacked him.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / ahmaud arbery

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