The trial of the men who chased Ahmoud Arbery:
Brunswick, J.A.; — Prosecutors rested their case in the trial of three white men accused of stalking and killing Ahmed Arbery after graphic images from his autopsy were shown to a jury on Tuesday.
Father and son Greg, Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Rudy” Brian are accused of murder and other crimes in Arbery’s death.
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The blast from the guns that hit Arbery punctured his chest and led to massive bleeding, a medical examiner said Tuesday as jurors viewed autopsy photos that showed Arbery’s white shirt all stained all red.
Dr. Edmund Donoghue, who examined Arbery’s body on February 24, 2020 – one day after his murder – at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab on the Georgia coast, said Arbery was hit by two of the three shots fired at him. He said the gunshots caused such severe bleeding that the two blasts alone would have killed the 25-year-old black man.
According to the coroner, Arbery was 3 to 20 inches from the barrel of the gun when the bullets entered his body. The defense said this because he was trying to take Travis McMichael’s gun.
Donoghue testified that he could not provide the sequence of gunshots during the initial autopsy, but after watching the mobile phone video, taken by William “Rudy” Bryan, of the shooting, he was able to determine that Arbery was wounded in the wrist and wounded in the chest at the same time. He said he believed the second shot heard in the video was a “complete mistake” and that the third wound to Arbery’s armpit occurred in the third shot.
Donoghue said the first shot at close range pierced an artery in Arbery’s right wrist and made a large hole in the center of his chest, breaking several ribs and causing massive internal bleeding. The third shot, fired from close range, pierced a major artery near his left armpit and fractured his shoulder and upper arm.
The images also included Arbery’s bloodstained clothes and X-rays of Arbery’s body showing numerous pellets from the gun inside his chest and shoulder.
“Is there anything law enforcement or EMS can do to save his life at the scene?” Prosecutor Linda Donekowski asked the coroner.
“I don’t think so. No,” Donoghue replied.
Donoghue testified that while watching the video he was able to determine that one of the shots paralyzed Arbery’s arm before he fell to the ground. The jury viewed close-up photos of Arbery’s injuries, which included several large abrasions on Arbery’s face when he fell face down in the street after the third shot.
When Dnekowski was asked how Arbery managed to fight back after sustaining a severe chest wound from the first shot, the coroner described it as a “fight or flight reaction” that raised his heart rate and blood pressure while sending adrenaline through his body. He said Arbery would eventually bleed to death from his initial chest wound alone.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, listened in the courtroom with her head down as Donoghue detailed to the jury what each autopsy photograph showed, but apologised herself partly through his testimony and left the room. She returned later in the day after completing his testimony.
The rest of the day was spent showing the track that Arbery, McMichaels and Bryan traveled before the shooting in the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
The testimony came a day after a judge refused to declare a mistrial over defense allegations that the jury was tainted when Arbery’s mother cried over a picture of evidence, drawing attention to the presence of Reverend Jesse Jackson, who was seated next to her in the courtroom. public exhibition.
Defense attorney Kevin Gove on Monday asked a judge to make the civil rights leader leave to avoid unfair influence on the jury. Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley dismissed Gove’s complaints last week as “reprehensible” that defense attorneys “do not want more black pastors coming here.”
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and chased after the 25-year-old in a pickup truck after seeing him running in their neighborhood on February 23, 2020. Their neighbor William “Rudi” Bryan joined the chase and captured a mobile phone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery . The three men are charged with murder and other crimes.
The McMichael family told police they chased Arbery on suspicion of being a burglar after security cameras taped him multiple times inside a home under construction, five homes away. Defense attorneys say the younger McMichael fired his rifle in self-defense after Arbery tried to take it away from him.
Prosecutors say they chased Arbery for five minutes to prevent him from leaving the Satilla Shores division outside the coastal city of Brunswick. The chase ended when Arbery, left behind by Brian’s truck, tried to run around the McMichaels’ truck parked in the road ahead. The video shows Travis McMichael confronting Arbery and then shooting him throwing punches and wrestling for the gun.
Robert Rubin, one of Travis McMichael’s attorneys, noted that the medical examiner wrote in his report that Arbery died of injuries he “inflicted while fighting for a gun.”
“Did you know that Mr. Arbery had his hand on the gun?” asked Robin Donoghue, who replied that he is.
Robin said that despite the bullet hitting his right wrist, “nothing prevented Mr. Arbery from holding the gun in one hand and swinging and punching with the other.”
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