Jury selection is due to begin in a Georgia courtroom Monday within the murder trial of three white males accused of working down and killing black jogger Ahmaud Arbery.
The Glynn County courtroom has summoned 1,000 potential jurors for the extremely publicized and racially charged trial stemming from Arbery’s Feb. 23, 2020, taking pictures demise, WRDW-TV said.
Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald Adams has ordered 600 of the potential panel members to report on Monday, with one other 400 to stay on standby to guarantee an neutral jury may be seated, the outlet mentioned.
The caught-on-video taking pictures was among the many high-profile circumstances that sparked huge protests and Black Lives Matter demonstrations throughout a tumultuous 2020 — together with the police-custody demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis that May.
Arbery, 25, was out for a run when prosecutors mentioned Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, chased him and tried to nook him with their pickup truck.
William “Roddie” Bryan, a neighborhood resident, jumped into his truck and joined the chase, hanging Arbery with the automobile at one level earlier than Travis McMichael allegedly shot him lifeless with a shotgun.
The McMichaels declare they fired in self-defense.
Bryan’s cellphone video of the chase and eventual deadly taking pictures went viral.
All three males have been indicted on state murder prices within the case final 12 months and hit with a federal hate crimes indictment earlier this 12 months.
The case additionally prompted the state to overhaul Georgia’s residents’ arrest regulation.