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Ahmaud Arbery case: the jury set for the 2nd day of deliberations

Defendant Travis McMichael attends his trial with William “Roddie” Bryan and Gregory McMichael, all charged with the February 2020 death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick , Georgia (Octavio Jones / Pool Photo via AP)

BRUNSWICK, Ga (AP) – Jury deliberations were scheduled to resume Wednesday for a second day in the trial of three white men accused of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery after the 25-year-old black man was seen running in their coastal Georgia neighborhood. .

The disproportionately white jury received the case around noon Tuesday and spent about six hours deliberating before adjourning without a verdict the trial of father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley has asked jurors to reconvene Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

The McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery of being a runaway burglar when they armed themselves and jumped into a van to chase him on February 23, 2020. Bryan joined the chase when they drove past. his house and recorded a cellphone video of Travis McMichael blowing up Arbery at close range with a shotgun as Arbery threw punches and grabbed the gun.

Arbery’s murder became part of a larger national calculation of racial injustice after graphic video of his death leaked online two months later and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case. , quickly stopping the three men. Each of them is charged with murder and other crimes.

Defense attorneys argue the McMichaels were attempting to arrest a legal citizen when they left after Arbery, seeking to arrest and question him as a suspected burglar after being seen fleeing a house under construction nearby.

Travis McMichael testified that he shot Arbery in self-defense, claiming the running man turned and attacked with his fists as he drove past the idling truck where Travis McMichael was standing with his shotgun.

Prosecutors said there was no evidence Arbery committed any crimes in the accused’s neighborhood. He had enrolled in a technical high school and was preparing at the time to study to become an electrician like his uncles.


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