Jury deliberations on the trial of three white men accused of stalking and killing Ahmaud Arbery were set to resume for a second day on Wednesday after a 25-year-old black man was seen running in their coastal Georgia neighborhood.
The unequivocally white jury received the case around Tuesday afternoon and deliberated for nearly six hours before adjourning without a verdict in the trial of father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley asked the jurors to reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery was a runaway thief when they armed themselves and jumped into a pickup truck to chase him on February 23, 2020. Bryan joins the chase and records a cellphone video of Travis McMichael exploding at Arbery. Close range with a shotgun as Arbery throws punches and holds for the weapon.
Arbery’s murder became part of a larger national count on racial injustice after a graphic video of his death was leaked online two months later, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case, quickly arresting three men. each of them is charged with murder and other offences.
Defense lawyers argue that the McMichaels were attempting the arrest of a legal citizen when they stopped after Arbery, seeking to detain and interrogate him as a suspected burglar, when He was seen running away from an under-construction house nearby.
Travis McMichael testified that he shot Arbery in self-defense, adding that the running man turned and attacked with his fist while Travis McMichael stood with his shotgun.
Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Arbery had committed crimes in the defendants’ neighborhoods. He had enrolled in a technical college and, like his uncles, was preparing to study to become an electrician.