Ahmaud Arbery killers were ‘unjustified aggressors’ says prosecution

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In form of Ahmaud Arbery As the murder trial draws to a close, the lawyer for one of three white men accused of murdering a 25-year-old black man says his client was motivated by a sense of “duty.”

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Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael65, and their neighbor, William “Roddy” Bryan, 52, have been charged with the murder of Mr. Arbery, a 25-year-old jogger who was shot and killed in Satilla Shores. Georgia in 2020.

In his closing argument, defense attorney Jason Sheffield said the background of the younger Mr. McMichael is US Coast Guard That day influenced his decisions.

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“Travis McMichael spent almost a decade of his life learning about duty and responsibility,” Mr Sheffield told the jury. “For the first time in his life, Travis is in those waters now. He is the one who needs help now.”

Mr Sheffield said his client acted in self-defense, arguing that Mr Arbery had grabbed Mr McMichael’s shotgun and could have used it against him.

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“You are allowed to defend yourself,” said Mr Sheffield. “You are allowed to use force if you think it is necessary that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury. At the time, Travis believed it was necessary.”

Meanwhile, the prosecution took a very different approach. In her closing argument, Senior Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunnikowski told the jury that the defendants had wrongly assumed that Mr. Arbery was a criminal, pursued him, and killed him without justification.

“It was an attack on Ahmaud Arbery,” Ms Dunnikowski said. “They committed crimes, they committed four crimes, they attacked her, they shot and killed her. They can’t claim self-defense under the law, because they were initial, unreasonable attackers, and they started it.

The McMichaels and Mr Bryan have been charged with murder, false imprisonment and grievous assault.

Travis McMichael first testified that he and his father suspected Mr Arbery of stealing things in their neighbourhood, and tried to stop and interrogate him while he was jogging. Ms Dunnikowski said those actions were motivated by racism.

“They decided to attack Ahmaud Arbery in their driveway because he was a black man running down the street,” he said, arguing that they shot him “not because he was a threat to them, but because Because he will stop and not talk to them.”

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

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