The arbitral tribunal concluded its first day of deliberationsAhmed is accused of killing Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. The court heard final rebuttal arguments from the prosecution on Tuesday morning. On Monday.
Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan allWith the murder and other figures to the death of Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was jogging in the neighborhood in February 2020.
Defense says men were legally active under the state’s Citizens Arrest Act – this was the practice at the time, but it has been since.– They suspected he might have been involved in robberies in the neighborhood. They also claim they have the right to defend themselves against Arbery, a defense attorney who said Monday he “chose to fight.”
The government side denied all that.
“All three defendants made assumptions – speculations about what was going on that day, and they decided to attack Ahmed Arbery because he was a black man running down the street,” lead lawyer Linda Dunikowski told the jury. .
After the jury heard from each of the three defendants’ attorneys on Monday, Dunikowski was given the opportunity to present his rebuttal on Tuesday.
“It’s absolutely horrible and tragic. Again, this is where the law is intertwined with heartache and sadness. You are allowed to defend yourself. You are allowed to use force that can cause death or serious bodily harm. The shooter told the arbitral tribunal. “This is the law for a person in Travis’ situation.”
Gregory McMichael’s lawyer Laura D. Hoag sought to deny the state’s characterization of Arbery as a “victim” in the case, and pointed out to the jury the choices he had made, which led him to the Chatila Shores neighborhood. Arbery was “not an innocent victim,” Hoag said.
Meanwhile, Brian’s lawyer Kevin Coff argued that without his client there would be no charges in the case because there would have been no video evidence. He argued that Brian showed no “evil” and that Arbery would have died if Brian had been there or not, noting that 25-year-old Travis McMichael’s bullets could not be “surpassed.”
Two-and-a-half months after Arberry was shot, a national protest and video were released accusing him of being involved in the case.
Each of the three defendants faces Nine criminal cases Including vicious murder, crime, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
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