BRUNSWICK, GA. – Jury deliberations are scheduled to continue on Monday, Wednesday in the trial of three white men accused of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery after the black man 25 age was spotted running in their Georgia coastal neighborhood.
The disproportionate white jury received the case around midday Tuesday and spent about six hours deliberating before adjourning without a verdict in the trial of father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and his neighbor. Their William “Roddie” Bryan.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley told jurors to reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery as a thief on the run when they armed themselves and jumped into a pickup truck to chase him on February 23, 2020. Bryan joined the chase. as they walked past his house and recorded cell phone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range with a shotgun as Arbery threw punches and grabbed weapons.
Arbery’s murder became part of a larger national plan for racial injustice after graphic video of his death was leaked online two months later and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continued. took the case, quickly arrested the three men. Each of them was charged with murder and other charges.
Defense attorneys argued that the McMichaels were attempting to arrest a legitimate citizen when they arrested Arbery, seeking to arrest and question him as a burglary suspect after he was seen running from a home nearby construction.
Travis McMichael testified that he shot Arbery in self-defense, saying the running man turned and attacked with his fist as he passed the idling truck where Travis McMichael stood with the gun. his short.
Prosecutors said there was no evidence Arbery committed the crime in the vicinity of the defendants. He had enrolled in a technical college and was preparing to study to become an electrician like his uncles.