Arbery shooter is back on stand as black priests plan to gather

Arbery shooter is back on stand as black priests plan to gather

Brunswick, J.A.; The Independent: — The man who killed Ahmud Arbery faces questioning by prosecutors Thursday, as a large group of black ministers planned to gather outside the courtroom in support of the Arbery family.

Travis McMichael returns to the witness stand a day after testifying that Arbery forced him to make a split-second “life or death” decision by attacking him and grabbing his rifle. McMichael’s testimony marked the first time any of the three white men accused of murder in Arbery’s death had spoken publicly about the murder.

He is now facing a violent questioning by prosecutors, who maintain that there is no justification for McMichael and his father to arm themselves and stalk Arbery when he passed by their Georgia home on February 23, 2020. Prosecutor Linda Donikowski is expected to lead the interrogation. .

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Meanwhile, Reverend Al Sharpton planned to return Thursday for a rally with a large group of black ministers, after defense attorneys ramped up his frustrations in the Georgia coastal community of Brunswick when he said he didn’t want “more black pastors.” In a Glenn County courtroom with the Arbery family.

Attorney Kevin Goff asked a judge last week to remove Sharpton from court, saying the civil rights activist was trying to influence the jury, who is disproportionately white. The judge refused, later calling Gove’s comments “disparaging.”

The shooting of Arbery on February 23, 2020 deepened national anger over racial injustice after a mobile video of his death was leaked online two months later.

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McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, armed themselves and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after he drove past their home from a nearby home under construction. William “Rudy” Brian, a neighbor, joined the chase in his own van and recorded the video on a mobile phone.

Prosecutors say the men chased Arbery for five minutes and used their trucks to prevent him from fleeing their area before Travis McMichael shot him. They say there is no evidence that Arbery committed any crimes.

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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