Jury set in Ahmoud Arbery’s death for second day of deliberations
Brunswick, J.A.; — Jury deliberations are set to resume for a second day Wednesday in the trial of three white men accused of stalking and killing Ahmaud Arbery after the 25-year-old black man was seen running in their Georgia coastal neighborhood.
The disproportionately white jury received the case around midday Tuesday and spent about six hours deliberating before the hearing adjourned without a verdict in the trial of father and son Greg, Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Rudy” Bryan.
Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley asked the jurors to meet again at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery was a fleeing thief when they armed themselves and jumped into a pickup truck to chase him on February 23, 2020. Brian joined the chase when they passed his house and recorded a mobile video of Travis McMichael blasting Arbery at close range with a shotgun as Arbery punches I hold the weapon.
Arbery’s murder became part of a larger national account on racial injustice after a video of his death was leaked online two months later and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case, quickly arresting the three men. Each of them is accused of murder and other crimes.
Defense attorneys say the McMichael family was trying to arrest a lawful citizen when they set out after Arbery, seeking to detain and interrogate him on suspicion of being a thief after he was seen running from a nearby home under construction.
Travis McMichael testified that he shot Arbery in self-defense, saying that the running man turned and attacked with his fists as he passed the parked truck where Travis McMichael and his rifle stood.
Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Arbery committed crimes in the defendants’ neighborhood. He had attended a technical college and at that time was preparing to study to become an electrician like his uncles.
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