Jury in Ahmed Arbery’s death trial to hear closing arguments
Defendant Gregory McMichael looks during his trial in Glenn County Courthouse, Friday, November 19, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. 2020 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was murdered. (Octavio Jones/Paul Foto via The Associated Press)
Brunswick, J.A.; — Lawyers were due to give closing arguments Monday in the trial of the murders of three white men accused of killing Ahmed Arbery, whose death has become part of a broader account of racial injustice in the criminal legal system.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys were expected to spend hours presenting their final cases to a disproportionately white jury. Jurors heard 10 days of testimony from the trial that ended last week, shortly after the man who shot Arbery testified in self-defense.
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and chased Arbery in a pickup truck after they spotted the 25-year-old black man running in their neighborhood on February 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Rudy” Brian, joined the chase and videotaped Travis McMichael opening Fire while Arbery threw punches and grabbed his rifle.
No one was charged with murder until Bryan’s video was leaked online two months later and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from the local police. The three men face murder and other charges.
Defense attorneys say the men suspected Arbery of burglarizing a home under construction and intended to hold it until police arrived. Prosecutors say there is no evidence that Arbery committed any crimes in the neighborhood. They said the men chased Arbery for five minutes and used their trucks to stop him from escaping before McMichael shot him.
Arbery had attended a technical college and was preparing to study to become an electrician like his uncles when he was murdered. The McMichael family told police they suspected Arbery was a thief because security cameras recorded him multiple times in an unfinished house on their street.
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