WATCH LIVE: Ahmaud Arbury Murder Trial Continues – Day 9

BRANSWICK, GA (AP) – On Tuesday, prosecutors closed the case against three white men accused of stalking and killing Ahmaud Arbury after jurors saw graphic photographs of shotgun wounds that punctured a gaping hole in his chest and bleed out his white T-shirt. completely red.

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During eight days of testifying, the prosecutor’s office called 23 witnesses. They concluded by telling Dr. Edmund Donoghue, the state medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Arbury’s body, and then the lead investigator for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the case.

Donoghue testified that Arbury was wounded by two of three shotgun shots. He said both shots caused such severe bleeding that any explosion alone would have killed the 25-year-old black.

The first shot at close range severed an artery in Arbury’s right wrist and punched a large hole in the center of his chest, breaking several ribs and causing severe internal bleeding, Donoghue said. The second shot missed completely. The third shot, fired at close range, punctured the main artery and vein near his left armpit and fractured the bones of his shoulder and upper arm.

“Was there anything law enforcement or EMS could have done to save his life at the scene?” – asked the prosecutor Linda Dunikoski.

“I do not think so. No, Donoghue replied.

Donoghue performed an autopsy on February 24, 2020, the day after Arbury’s murder. The jury saw close-up photographs of his injuries, including several large abrasions to Arbury’s face after he fell facedown in the street after the third shot. Photographs of his clothes show that his T-shirt is red with blood. Video from filming on a mobile phone shows that he was white.

When asked by the attorney how Arbury was able to resist, having received such a serious wound in the chest from the first shot, the medical examiner called it a “fight or flight response” that raised his heart rate and blood pressure, sending adrenaline rushing through his body. …

Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley said the lawyers will begin their cases on Wednesday.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and chased Arbury in a pickup truck, spotting him running in the neighborhood. Their neighbor, William “Roddy” Brian, joined the chase and filmed a video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbury with his mobile phone. All three have been charged with murder and other crimes.

The McMichells told police they were pursuing Arbury, suspecting he was a burglar, after being captured by security cameras several times in a building under construction five houses away. Defense lawyers say McMichael Jr. fired a pistol in self-defense after Arbury tried to take it away from him.

Prosecutors say they chased Arbury for five minutes to keep him from leaving the Satilla Shores unit outside the port city of Brunswick. The chase ended when Arbury, followed by Brian’s truck, tried to bypass McMichaels’ truck, which was idle on the road ahead. The video shows Travis McMichael confronting Arbury and then shooting him as he punches and tries to draw his pistol.

Robert Rubin, one of Travis McMichael’s attorneys, noted that the medical examiner wrote in his report that Arbury died of injuries “sustained during the fight over the shotgun.”

“Did you know that Mr. Arbury had a pistol in his hand?” Rubin asked Donoghue, who replied in the affirmative.

Rubin said that despite being shot in the right wrist, “nothing prevented Mr. Arbury from holding the pistol with one hand and swinging and punching with the other.”

GBI agent Richard Dial, who led the investigation into Arbury’s death, showed jurors maps of the area where the shooting took place and drone footage of what authorities believed was the path of a chase that ended in murder. Dayal also briefly reviewed the video footage of the shooting itself, filmed with a mobile phone.

Brian’s lawyer, Kevin Gough, asked the investigator if he agreed that the footage of Brian’s shooting “matched whoever witnessed” the chase, not the participant.

“He was not a witness,” Dayal replied. “It would make sense that he was still chasing Mr. Arbury, trying to place him between two different cars.”

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