“At the end of the day, the evidence in this case will prove that if Ahmaud Arbery were white, he would go for a jog, check out a house under construction, and get home in time for Sunday dinner,” said Bobbi Bernstein, an attorney for the Department of Justice, told the jury. “Instead, he went out for a jog, and he ended up running for his life. Instead, he ended up bleeding to death, alone and scared, in the middle of the street. “
Gregory McMichael’s attorney, AJ Balbo, told the jury that Mr McMichael was not out hunting a Negro that day, but was looking for Mr. Arbery specifically, after a police officer showed security camera footage of Mr. Arbery entering. A house nearby is under construction.
Mr Arbery had entered the home several times in the weeks before the shooting, including moments before the chase began, although there is no evidence he stole or tampered with property. product inside. Twelve days before the shooting, Travis McMichael also saw Mr Arbery outside his home and called 911, claiming he saw Mr Arbery reach towards his waist, a gesture he said. McMichael said, making it look like he could. reach for a gun.
Travis McMichael’s attorney, Amy Lee Copeland, noted that her client was shocked, rather than “excited” after the shooting, which occurred after Mr Arbery, crushed by two trucks, clashed with him. The younger McMichael, who had been hit, got out of the truck with a shotgun in hand.
Mr. Theodocion noted that his client, Mr. Bryan, was unaware of Mr. Arbery’s history with the McMichaels, or of his visits to the home, when he saw Mr. Arbery running through his home, in pursuit of the McMichaels. . Mr. Bryan entered the chase on the assumption that Mr. Arbery had done something wrong to warrant the pursuit, Mr. Balbo said.
Arbery’s death was met with opposition from both conservative and liberal lawmakers in Georgia. It prompted state legislators to significantly weaken a citizen arrest law that a local prosecutor invoked shortly after the shooting to argue that the three men should not be arrested. It also prompted them to pass state hate crime legislation.
This month, the legislature also passed a resolution declaring Wednesday, the second anniversary of the killings, “Ahmaud Arbery Day.”
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