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US Closing arguments to begin Monday in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing: What to know

13:45  22 november  2021
13:45  22 november  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

EXPLAINER: What the defense in Arbery's killing is arguing

  EXPLAINER: What the defense in Arbery's killing is arguing ATLANTA (AP) — Travis and Greg McMichael said they armed themselves and sped after Ahmaud Arbery because they thought he was a burglar, and they wanted to catch him and hold him until police arrived. When the 25-year-old Black man turned and fought during the chase, they said, Travis McMichael shot him in self-defense. That's what the defense maintains in the trial of three white men accused in the killing of Arbery, who was shot three times in February 2020 near Brunswick, on the Georgia coast. The McMichaels, a father and son, and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Closing arguments were set to begin Monday in the murder trial of three white men accused in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was Black, early last year.

A panel of 12 jurors and three alternates, will hear from the prosecution and lawyers for each of the three defendants. After closings, the jurors are set to begin deliberations on a verdict.

Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes in the February 2020 fatal shooting in Brunswick, a small coastal town about 80 miles south of Savannah. They were arrested two months after the shooting, when Bryan's cellphone video of the incident was released.

Defense attorney in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers tries to have Rev. Jesse Jackson removed from courtroom

  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.

Defendant Gregory McMichael looks on during his trial at the Glynn County Courthouse, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. © OCTAVIO JONES, AP Defendant Gregory McMichael looks on during his trial at the Glynn County Courthouse, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga.

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Here's what to know:

What prosecution, defense are expected to argue

On Feb. 23, 2020, the McMichaels saw Arbery at a house under construction in their neighborhood.

Defense attorneys have argued the men were attempting to detain Arbery because they had reason to suspect Arbery had burglarized the house. The attorneys say residents had been increasingly on edge about crime in the neighborhood and that a man matching Arbery's description had been spotted on camera multiple times inside.

Travis McMichael testifies he wasn't under threat during pickup chase before fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery

  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.

Meanwhile, prosecutors argue the defendants saw a Black man running through their largely white neighborhood and made fatal assumptions about what he was doing there. The prosecution said the men had no knowledge of any crimes committed by Arbery and had no intention of making a citizen's arrest. They also argued that Bryan attempted to hit Arbery with his truck four times as Arbery tried to run away.

Attorneys for Travis McMichael, 35, say he shot Arbery in self-defense. And attorneys for Bryan, 52, say he did not intend to hurt Arbery and was not attempting to assault Arbery with his truck.

What charges do the McMichaels and Bryan face?

The McMichaels and Bryan are charged with felony murder and malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

Both murder charges could result in a life sentence. Aggravated assault has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. False imprisonment is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. If the defendants are convicted on multiple counts, they will be sentenced on the most serious charge.

Trial takeaways: Arbery's killer testifies; pastors rally

  Trial takeaways: Arbery's killer testifies; pastors rally BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery took the witness stand to tell jurors he pulled the trigger fearing for his own life. Meanwhile, hundreds of Black pastors rallied outside the Glynn County courthouse in coastal Georgia to show support for the slain 25-year-old Black man's family, compelled by a defense attorney's failed efforts to get prominent civil rights figures barred from the court. The trial of father and sonMeanwhile, hundreds of Black pastors rallied outside the Glynn County courthouse in coastal Georgia to show support for the slain 25-year-old Black man's family, compelled by a defense attorney's failed efforts to get prominent civil rights figures barred from the court.

Jury makeup draws scrutiny after lengthy selection process

From an initial pool of 1,000 people,  the court ultimately selected 12 jurors and three alternates: 11 white women, three white men and one Black man.

The jury's makeup, with just one person of color, has drawn criticism for not mirroring the demographic makeup of Glynn County, where more than 26% of residents are Black, or Brunswick, where more than 55% of residents are Black, according to Census Bureau data.

Race was a major theme in questioning. Attorneys questioned prospective jurors about their views of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Confederate flag, the criminal justice system and more.

Judge Timothy Walmsley even acknowledged "the racial overtones in the case" but said while there "appears to be intentional discrimination" in the jury selection process, he could not take action because defense attorneys were able to give nonracial reasons for their decisions to strike the potential Black jurors from the panel.

Jury selection in the case was further complicated by many would-be jurors' familiarity with Arbery's killing, privacy concerns and personal connections to people involved in the incident and the trial.

What we learned from testimony in the trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing

  What we learned from testimony in the trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday morning in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killing, after jurors heard from more than 20 witnesses, including the man who shot and killed the 25-year-old jogger. © Stephen B. Morton/Pool/AP Travis McMichael speaks from the witness stand during his trial Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. Travis McMichael, who took the stand last week, his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William Bryan Jr.

Black clergy leaders march with Arbery's family

Last week, more than 100 Black pastors and other spiritual leaders held a prayer vigil and march outside the courthouse after Bryan's defense attorney, Kevin Gough, repeatedly tried to have "high-profile members of the African American community" removed from the courtroom. Gough told the judge that the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were "intimidating" the jury.

The judge denied the requests, and Gough's words became a clarion call for Black clergy across the country to converge on Brunswick in a show of spiritual solidarity.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Closing arguments to begin Monday in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing: What to know

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