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Georgia jury poised to start deliberations in Ahmaud Arbery killing

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BRUNSWICK, Ga., Nov 23 (Reuters) – A Georgia jury was due to start deliberations on Tuesday in the homicide trial of three white males who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who prosecutors say was out for a Sunday afternoon run in the defendants’ largely white neighborhood, with the prosecution first delivering a rebuttal to the protection case.

Since being sworn in greater than two weeks in the past, the jury has heard from greater than two dozen witnesses, together with Travis McMichael himself, the one defendant to take the stand, who stated he fired his shotgun into Arbery in self protection.

McMichael, 35, his father, Gregory McMichael, 65, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, have pleaded not responsible to expenses together with homicide, aggravated assault and false imprisonment for the killing in the coastal suburb of Satilla Shores on Feb. 23, 2020.

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The males stated they’d a proper and a neighborly obligation to bounce in their pickup vans and chase Arbery to detain him below the southern U.S. state’s citizen’s arrest regulation, which was repealed after Bryan’s cellphone video of the capturing precipitated outrage.

Their attorneys argue they’d purpose to consider Arbery could have been related to current property crimes that had left the neighborhood on edge. No proof ever emerged that Arbery ever stole something on his frequent runs in a T-shirt and shorts by means of Satilla Shores.

Prosecutors from the Cobb County district lawyer’s workplace started making their ultimate rebuttal on Tuesday morning after a full day of closing arguments in Glynn County Superior Court, which has change into the focal point in the quiet previous harbor city of Brunswick. learn extra

“What right did they have to stop Ahmaud Abery?” lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski requested the jury. “None whatsoever.”

Dunikoski stated the lads merely didn’t have the cheap suspicion to detain Arbery below the repealed regulation, and that Arbery had a constitutional proper to not reply any of the questions the lads shouted at him from their vans.

Travis McMichael testified that he didn’t know what Arbery had been doing earlier than working previous the McMichaels’ driveway. And Arbery had nothing on him in addition to his jogging garments and sneakers.

In closing arguments, Laura Hogue, the elder McMichael’s lawyer, sought to paint Arbery as a daunting, disgusting felony with “long dirty toenails.” The feedback upset Arbery’s mother and father, who stated they had been gratuitously impolite, and angered scores of Arbery supporters who’ve rallied beneath the grand oak timber exterior the courthouse.

Travis McMichael’s lawyer stated Arbery tried to combat McMichael by grabbing the shotgun, and so McMichael was justified in firing in self protection. Dunikoski stated McMichael’s pointing a shotgun at Arbery in the primary place amounted to aggravated assault, and somebody can’t declare self protection if they’re committing a felony, nor can anybody use extreme pressure in their very own protection.

Bryan’s lawyer argued that Bryan was a simple-minded man who didn’t know the McMichaels had grabbed their weapons when he jumped in his personal pickup truck to be a part of the chase.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley was anticipated to give the jury of 11 white women and men and one Black man a prolonged set of directions earlier than they get the case. Those directions will embody an outline of the citizen’s arrest regulation that was hashed out in heated arguments earlier than the decide exterior of the jury’s earshot.

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Reporting by Rich McKay in Brunswick, Ga.; Editing by Will Dunham and Cynthia Osterman

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Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, stands as attorney Ben Crump speaks with the media after closing arguments ended for the day in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Nathan Frandino

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