Jury set to begin second day of deliberations in the trial over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

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The jury reviewed the case on Tuesday for more than six hours after prosecutors presented rebuttals to the defense’s closing arguments. Court will resume at 8:30 am.

Three men – Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and neighbor William “Roddy” Brian Jr. – are on trial on charges related to the shooting of Arbery in the Satilla Shores neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020.
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Each of the defendants faces nine separate charges, including malice and felony murder, felony assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit felony. If the jury finds Bryan not guilty of a second aggravated assault charge, they can consider three lesser misdemeanor charges for simple assault, reckless conduct, or reckless driving.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges. The McMichaels claim they were making a civilian arrest after suspecting Arbery of the theft of a nearby house under construction, and Travis McMichael acted in self-defense by shooting Arbery. Brian says he is innocent of any wrongdoing.


If jury deliberations continue past Wednesday, the court will adjourn to the Thanksgiving holiday and deliberations may resume on Friday and Saturday, if necessary.

Officials are preparing for all possible outcomes following a ruling in terms of public backlash, which is based on a test that continually revolves around issues of self-defense and race.

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Glynn County Police Department Captain Jeremiah Bergquist said, “We plan for the worst, but we hope for the best. But we’re trying to come up with contingencies for many different scenarios that will make decisions.” may result as a result.” Head of the local task force unit overseeing public safety during the trial.

Prosecution denied on Tuesday

Lawyers for each of the three defendants put forth separate arguments on Monday as to why their clients were not guilty.

With Travis McMichael’s self-defense central argument, Gregory McMichael’s attorney, Laura Hogg, repeatedly claimed that Arbery was a habitual trespasser in the area, adding that jurors should consider that Gregory McMichael had to act in order for Arbery to act. had a reasonable doubt.

Kevin Gough, a lawyer for Bryan, said Bryan was more a witness than anything else and that his video showing the shooting enabled the case to proceed.

Tuesday brought a rebuttal from chief prosecutor Linda Dunnikowski, who insisted to the jury that the men acted on suspicion alone and had no evidence that Arbery had committed the crime. There were also discrepancies from Travis McMichael’s testimony in court when compared to the statements given to police just after the shooting, she said.

Danikowski said all three men were guilty of the charges they were facing because they could have escalated the situation by calling the police or not pursuing Arbery. Instead, he argued, the men made serious assaults with their trucks while pursuing Arbery and trying to falsely imprison him, causing Travis McMichael to shoot and kill Arbery.

“If you take him out, will he be alive?” He asked Arbery’s jury. “It’s really simple. The answer is that you can’t take out any of these crimes. If you take out one of these crimes they did and he’s still alive. One in all underlying felony.” played an important and essential role. Ahmed Arbery’s death.”

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said Tuesday after court proceedings that Danikowski “did a wonderful job” in her final rebuttal.

“He again presented the evidence very well. I think we’ll come back with a guilty verdict, and I want to go with it: God has gotten us here, and he won’t fail us anymore.” We will get justice for Ahmed,” she told reporters.

Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., said what he saw in the courtroom was “devastating”, but he also expressed confidence in getting a guilty verdict.

After the jury began deliberating, Travis McMichael’s attorney, Jason Sheffield, said, “I feel very confident in the case that we have put forward. I have great confidence in the evidence of Travis’ innocence,” adding “We will accept the verdict whatever it is.”

Gregory McMichael, at left, is seen Tuesday at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia.

The jury’s makeup was a source of controversy

According to a Granthshala analysis of jury data, there are nine white women, two white men and one black man, with two white women and one white man serving as jury substitutes.

Having only one black juror has been a major complaint from prosecutors and Arbery’s family, as the Glynn County population is roughly 69% White and 26% Black, according to 2019 data from the US Census Bureau. Arbery was black and the defendants are white.

The 12-member trial jury and three options were selected after a lengthy jury selection process that lasted two and a half weeks and involved drawing up to 1,000 potential jurors from the South Georgia coastal community. Less than half of those summoned attended.
What we learned from testimony in the Ahmed Arbery murder trial
The makeup of the jury was challenged by the state at the conclusion of the jury selection process. Danikoski claimed that defense attorneys disproportionately hit qualified black jurors and based some of their attacks on race.
Judge Timothy Walmsley said, “This court has found that there appears to be intentional discrimination,” but ruled that the case could proceed with the selected jurors because the defense was able to provide valid reasons beyond race for other Black jurors. . was dismissed.
Defense lawyers also raised the issue of underage white men without college degrees in the juror pool, saying that demographic was not represented.

Granthshala’s Eliot C. McLaughlin, Angela Barajas, Adrienne Vogt and Jade Gordon contributed to this report.


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