“We’re going to have a vigil in court tomorrow morning … going to court tomorrow morning,” Jackson said at a news conference Sunday.
Defense attorney Kevin Gough has apologized for his comments, but the explosion has drawn more attention to a trial where race is a primary focus. Three white men were on trial for chasing and killing a Black man, and 11 of the 12 jurors in Glynn County were mostly white.
Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr were charged with malice and felony murder in connection with the murder of Arbery in Brunswick on February 23, 2020. They also face charges aggravated assault, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit a felony. All pleaded not guilty. If convicted, each man could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Arbery’s family said he was out jogging when he was shot dead, while defense attorneys said three men tried to arrest a citizen before Travis McMichael shot Arbery in self-defense.
During a press conference Sunday afternoon in Savannah, Jackson said he plans to appear in court in Brunswick on Monday morning.
“And we were invited there last week by defense attorneys,” Jackson added, referring to Bryan’s attorney, Gough. Jackson has not been in court since the start of the trial.
Gough said on Thursday he has “nothing personal against” Sharpton but criticized the practice of bringing “senior members of the African-American community into the courtroom to sit with his family during the trial with the jury’s presence,” added, “it’s scary and it’s an attempt to pressure.”
Gough said on Friday, “I will let the court know that if my statement yesterday was too broad, I will follow up with a more specific motion on Monday that puts those concerns into proper context.” And I apologize to anyone who may have been unintentionally offended.”
The judge told Gough he had no objection to Sharpton replacing the Arbery family member in court as long as there weren’t any interruptions.
Jason Sheffield, an attorney for Travis McMichael, said on Friday that Gough’s comments were “absolutely asinine. It’s ridiculous,” and said, “We don’t want to exclude anyone from this process.”
Testimony from the state investigator continues
Last week, Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Criminology Jason Sea testified that Bryan told him in a May 11, 2020 interview that he knew Gregory McMichael when he saw him. around the neighborhood but said he didn’t know his son Travis.
In a May 13, 2020 interview, Bryan told Seacrist he was working on his porch when the sound of someone running and a car engine caught his attention, the agent testified.
Bryan told the agent that he said, “You caught him? Need help?” but did not raise his voice, and said he did not believe anyone could hear him, according to the transcript of the interview.
Bryan said in the interview that he later grabbed his keys, “I guess just to go see what’s going on, if there’s anything that needs to be done, if I can help,” according to the transcript.
“I was thinking in my head that maybe he did something, the guy was running,” Bryan said, according to the transcript of the interview.
Bryan said he tried to slow Arbery during the chase to get a picture of him, so “eventually something will happen other than him running away and the police having no idea who he is. Who.” The marine criminal testified that he asked Bryan why the police needed to know who Arbery was.
“Because I knew he did something wrong,” Bryan replied, according to the transcript. “I don’t know for sure.”
When the agent asked Bryan what made him think Arbery did something wrong, Bryan said, “It’s just human instinct, I don’t know,” according to the transcript of the interview.
Bryan later added, according to the transcript.
Defense attorneys began their cross-examination late Friday and questioned Seacrist for more than an hour before the court adjourned for the weekend.
Neighbors looking for unidentified trespassers
On Friday, a police officer testified that English had contacted authorities several times in the months leading up to the shooting about trespassers on his property – which is under construction – and English provided video of an unidentified individual at the facility.
Gregory McMichael, the investigators testifying, said he began the pursuit that led to the shooting after seeing Arbery quickly run to McMichael’s home, and he believed Arbery matched the description of someone who had recorded at the construction site in the past.
Frank Hogue, Gregory McMichael’s defense attorney, showed the jury a piece of text between Rash and Gregory McMichael in which Rash tells eldest brother McMichael to “call him day or night when you take action on him.” my camera.”
The state asked the officer, “Was it your intention to act on their behalf when you sent the message?”
Rash replied, “never.”
CNN’s Pamela Kirkland, Chris Boyette, Keith Allen, Christina Maxouris, Mallika Kallingal and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.