BRANSWICK, Georgia (AP) – Three white men are charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbury. had no right to demand self-defense because it was they who instigated the confrontation with the 25-year-old black as he fled his neighborhood, the prosecutor told the jury on Tuesday in her closing arguments.
“You cannot demand self-defense if you are an unjustified aggressor,” said Linda Dunikoski. “Who started it? It was not Ahmaud Arbury. “
The last word rests with the prosecution, since it bears the burden of proving its version beyond any reasonable doubt. On Monday, prosecutors and defense lawyers delivered hours of closing arguments. it turned out on the second day.
After the indictment is concluded, Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley will give instructions to the disproportionately white jury. on how to apply the law before it starts discussion at the Glynn County Courthouse in the port city of Brunswick.
Arbury’s murder was part of a larger national retribution for racial injustice. after graphic footage of his death was leaked two months later.
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and chased Arbury in a pickup truck after they spotted him running through their unit on February 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddy” Brian, joined the chase and recorded a video of Travis McMichael’s discovery of Fire as Arbury stabbed and grabbed McMichael’s shotgun.
No one was charged with murder until Brian’s video was leaked and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over from local police. All three have been charged with murder and other crimes.…
Dunikoski said Tuesday that McMichels and Brian threatened Arbury with their pickups and pointed a shotgun at him before the final showdown, in which Arbury punched and grabbed a pistol.
She also said that there was no evidence that Arbury committed crimes in the vicinity of the accused. She said that Ahmad had never been seen stealing. Five times he was recorded by CCTV cameras in an unfinished building under construction, from where he fled.
“You have lumber, you have it all,” Dunikoski said. “Mister. Arbury never shows up with a bag. He doesn’t pull up with a U-G. … All he does is wander around for a few minutes and then leave.”
Prosecutors told the jury that someone could arrest a citizen only in “emergency situations”, when the crime was happening “right here and now.”
Defense lawyers objected to Dunikoski’s explanation of the citizen’s arrest as they argued that McMichel had reason to suspect that Arbury had stolen items from the house. They said the owner had discovered the missing items even before he installed the security cameras.
“This is a distortion of the law and the argument is misplaced,” Greg McMichael’s attorney told Judge Franklin Hogue. “We can’t fix this,” he said before the jury because the lawyers finished their closure on Monday.
Defense attorneys used their closing arguments On Monday, to state that the McMichals were trying to arrest a legal citizen when they went after Arbury, trying to detain and interrogate him.
Lawyer Jason Sheffield said his client Travis McMichael fired a shotgun in self-defense after Arbury attacked him, punched him and tried to grab the weapon. Sheffield called Arbury’s death a tragedy, but he himself was to blame.
Arbury was also charged by lawyers for the other two defendants. Laura Hough, Greg McMichael’s attorney, said Arbury “chose to fight.” Kevin Gough, representing Brian, asked why Arbury did not call for help if he was in danger.
“Maybe it’s because Mr. Arbury doesn’t need help,” Gough said.
Arbury went to technical college and was preparing to study electrical, like his uncle at the time.