Crime Ahmaud Arbery Trial Judge Denies Defense Request to Remove Jesse Jackson From Court
Key takeaways from 1st day of Ahmaud Arbery murder trial
The first day in the trial of three Georgia men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery ended with the jury seeing police body-camera footage of the man lying dead in a road. The graphic images were the last piece of prosecution evidence the Glynn County, Georgia, Superior Court jury was shown before the panel was dismissed for the weekend.
The Ahmaud Arbery Death trial continued Monday, with the defense attorney of the three men who murdered Arbery asking for Arbery's parents' pastor to be removed from the court.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley declined to have the Reverend Jesse Jackson removed, saying Jackson was not causing any disruption to the court.
Georgia man who called cops on Ahmaud Arbery describes 'shocking scene' he later found
A man who called police to report Ahmaud Arbery inside a house under construction described a 'shocking scene' after Arbery's fatal shooting.Matthew Albenze, who has lived in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick for more than 30 years, said that minutes after he called the police nonemergency number, he heard shots and came across a "shocking scene," where Arbery's body was splayed on the road.
"The court is not going to single out any particular individual or group of individuals as not being allowed into his courtroom as a member of the public. If there is a disruption, you're welcome to call that to my attention," Walmsley said.
Attorney Kevin Gough also complained last week when the Reverend Al Sharpton joined Arbery's mother and father inside the Glynn County courtroom and said he feared the presence of the parent's pastor could influence the jury, telling the judge "we don't want any more Black pastors coming in here."
"There is no reason for these prominent icons in the civil rights movement to be here. With all due respect, I would suggest, whether intended or not, that inevitably a juror is going to be influenced by their presence in the courtroom," Gough added.
Defense attorney in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers tries to have Rev. Jesse Jackson removed from courtroom
Defense attorneys for the three white men on trial for killing Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery had their second attack in a week of Too Many Black Pastors syndrome as they tried to have the Rev. Jesse Jackson thrown out of the courtroom, where he had come to support the family. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley said no.“The court is not going to single out any particular individual or group of individuals as not being allowed to be in this courtroom as a member of the public,” Walmsley said, according to NBC News. “If there is a disruption, you’re more than welcome to call that to my attention.” © Terry Dickson The Rev.
"In the context of this trial, we object to his presence in the public gallery. How many pastors does the Arbery family have? We had the Reverend Al Sharpton last week," Gough said.
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Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-old Black man in a pickup truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood on February 23, 2020.
Their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan joined the chase and told police he ran Arbery off the road with his own truck before taking cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting him three times with a shotgun.
Gough renewed his concern Monday when Jackson sat in the back of the courtroom gallery between Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, and father, Marcus Arbery Sr. The civil rights leader wore a mask, but at one point pulled it down beneath his chin while speaking with Cooper-Jones.
Travis McMichael testifies he wasn't under threat during pickup chase before fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery
Travis McMichael returned to the stand under cross-examination on Thursday, then the defense rested its case in the Georgia murder trial.Travis McMichael also told prosecutors he did not tell police some of the details about the pursuit that he shared in court on Wednesday.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Jason Seacrist returned to the witness stand Monday and was questioned by a defense lawyer about his interviews with Bryan. Gough pressed Seacrist about his client's claims that Arbery tried to get into Bryan's truck during the chase. Investigators testified they found Arbery's fingerprints on the truck near one of the door handles.
"Is it fair to say the first identifiable crime Mr. Bryan personally witnessed that day would be Mr. Arbery trying to get in his truck?" Gough asked.
Seacrist replied: "Unless you discount the fact that somebody was trying to chase Mr. Arbery down while he was legally running, jogging in the road."
Bryan and the McMichaels are charged with murder and other crimes. Prosecutors said they chased Arbery for five minutes to keep him from exiting the Satilla Shores subdivision outside the port city of Brunswick. The chase ended when Arbery, trailed by Bryan's truck, tried to run around the McMichaels' truck as it idled in the road ahead. The video showed Travis McMichael confronting Arbery and then shooting him as he throws punches and grapples for the gun.
Brunswick GA: For Black residents of Ahmaud Arbery's hometown, trust in the justice system is on trial right alongside his accused killers
Carrying signs that read "Justice for Ahmaud," the demonstrators marched past majestic live oaks draped with Spanish moss. They chanted Ahmaud Arbery's name as they wound through the streets, past a hardware store, several homes, a convenience store. They rounded the corner by the floral shop, calling for those watching from the sidewalk to join them. © Elijah Nouvelage for CNN Protesters march from the Glynn County Courthouse to the Brunswick African American Cultural Center. © Elijah Nouvelage for CNN A handwritten "I Run With Maud" sign is seen on the facade of an unoccupied building in Brunswick.
The McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery was a burglar after security cameras several times recorded him inside the unfinished home five doors from their own house. Defense attorneys said Travis McMichael opened fire in self-defense.
All 3 Defendants Found Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery, Black Jogger Chased Down and Shot in Georgia .
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot and killed on Feb. 23, 2020, after being chased on a suburban Brunswick street by three men who said they believed he was a burglarAll three men charged have been found guilty for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger they believed to be a burglar running on a suburban Georgia street, who they pursued and cornered with their pickups before a physical confrontation in which one of the men fatally shot him.