The murder of three White men was charged against the White men. Ahmaud ArberyHe was only followed through silence GeorgiaAccording to Monday’s closing argument, a prosecution witness said that “he was a Black male running down the street”.
Linda Dunikoski, a Black militia group gathering outside the Glynn county Courthouse told jurors that all three men had made assumptions and assumed about the day.
Travis McMichael (35), his father Greg McMichael (65) and William “Roddie Bryan (35) are accused of murder, aggravated attack and false imprisonment in connection to the shooting death at Arbery on February 23, 2020.
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Greg McMichael told investigators that he saw Arbery “hauling a—” by his house on that Sunday afternoon in Satilla Shores. The father called his son and the men grabbed their guns and jumped in their pick-up to chase the 25-year old, whom they believed was a burglar. Bryan joined in the chase later on his truck.
During the pursuit, Greg McMichael, a retired cop, shouted “Stop or I’ll blow your f—king head off!” Dunikoski spoke to jurors.
The young man didn’t utter a word to the men, threaten them or brandish a weapon, she said.
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Bryan and McMichaels were able to box in Arbery at the conclusion of the chase. Travis McMichael, a former mechanic in the U.S. Coast Guard, stepped out of the driver’s side of his idling pickup and raised his shotgun.
Arbery raced right over to Travis McMichael’s vehicle and then turned left towards him. Bryan recorded part the fatal encounter using his cellphone.
Dunikoski stated, “This was an excessive use of force.” He was shot and killed by them after they attacked him. They can’t claim self defense under the law because they were the initial, unjustified aggressors.”
Arbery was captured five times on surveillance footage in a neighborhood home. The McMichaels identified him in the footage. He has never been accused of stealing anything.
Travis McMichael testified last week that he was trying to make a citizen’s arrest and detain Arbery until police arrived. This law allowed any person to arrest a suspect in a crime, although it was almost completely repealed after the shooting.
Dunikoski said that Arbery was a mere “lookie loo”, who, at best, was guilty misdemeanor-trespass.
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Jason Sheffield, one of Travis McMichael’s attorneys, argued that Arbery was an intruder who had repeatedly returned to the under-construction home after he had been chased off the property.
This behavior upset an already volatile neighborhood which was recently hit by a number of break-ins and thefts.
Travis McMichael, a nearly white jury member on the witness stand stated that he fired in self defense after Arbery assaulted him. He also grabbed his gun.
Sheffield stated, “This is absolutely and horribly tragic.” Sheffield said, “This is where law and tragedy are intertwined.” The law allows you to defend yourself.”
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Laura Hogue was one of Greg McMichael’s lawyers. She stated that Arbery would enter an unoccupied residence and commit burglary.
Jurors were told by her that “He was a nighttime intrusion and that was terrifying.”
Arbery was, according to her, the main cause of Arbery’s own tragic ending. He would repeatedly sneak into homes that were not his and then run away. When he saw her, he acted out of character and charged at an unrelated man holding a gun.
Bryan’s lawyer Kevin Gough claimed that Bryan didn’t coordinate with codefendants and wasn’t armed or fully cooperating with investigators.
Bryan’s use of his truck to drive Arbery off the roads was denied by the attorney.
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“Isn’t it time, isn’t time, ladies and gentlemen, that we send Roddie Bryan home?”
No one was charged in the shooting until Bryan’s video leaked online, sparking national outrage. Georgia Bureau of Investigation assumed the case.
Federal hate crime allegations were also brought against the men.