Ahmaud Arbery trial: Defense accused of ‘racism and bigotry’ for ‘toenails’ comment in closing arguments
A lawyer for one of the three White males accused of the deadly taking pictures of Ahmaud Arbery got here below fireplace Monday for highlighting the slain man’s “dirty toenails” in her closing argument.
“Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails,” Laura Hogue advised the panel, referring to an outline from the post-mortem report.
The comment prompted Arbery’s mom Wanda Cooper-Jones to exclaim “Wow!” and exit the Glynn County courtroom in Georgia.
The assertion drew swift backlash on social media. Attorney Areva Martin, who will not be concerned in the case, tweeted, “she made it personal and clearly intentionally trying to play on historical racial tropes.”
Another lawyer, Qasim Rashid, additionally not related to the case, wrote in a tweet, “Disgusting racism & bigotry.”
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Greg McMichael, 65, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, are on trial for homicide, aggravated assault and false imprisonment for the slaying of Arbery. The McMichaels, packing weapons, pursued the 25-year-old unarmed Black man by means of Satilla Shores for 5 minutes in a decide up truck. Travis McMichael testified that they thought he had dedicated a housebreaking.
Hogue, one of the legal professionals representing Greg McMichael, had tried to painting Arbery, 25, as s menacing legal prowling round an under-construction home.
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Arbery had been caught on surveillance footage in an unoccupied residence on 5 events, however there isn’t a proof he ever stole something.
Travis McMichael advised jurors he solely opened fireplace in self protection after Arbery attacked him and grabbed his shotgun. Bryan, who wasn’t armed, joined the chase in his truck and filmed half of the deadly encounter on his cellphone.
The jurors are anticipated to start deliberations on Tuesday.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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