Tuesday, September 27, 2022

WATCH LIVE: Investigation of Ahmaud Arbury’s Death Continues – Day 8

BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) – A judge denied misconduct requests Monday at the trial of three white men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbury after defense attorneys said jurors were stained with tears from a gallery where the murdered black man’s parents were sat with the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

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The morning testimony was largely disrupted by controversies outside the jury over Jackson’s appearance. The judge said that last week he considered the complaints of one defense attorney against black pastors “reprehensible” and no group would be expelled from his courtroom.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed and chased the 25-year-old in a pickup truck after they spotted him running through their neighborhood on February 23, 2020. Their neighbor, William “Roddy” Brian, joined the chase and filmed a video on his mobile phone. Travis McMichael shoots Arbury three times with a shotgun.

Tensions ran high in the courtroom Monday morning shortly after Jackson sat in the back row of the courtroom between Arbury’s parents. Defense attorney Kevin Gough asked the judge to force the civil rights leader to leave in order to avoid unfairly influencing the jury.

Gough, Brian’s lawyer, also complained last week when the Reverend Al Sharpton joined Arbury’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, and father, Marcus Arbury Sr., in the Glynn County courtroom. On Thursday, Gough told the judge, “We don’t want black pastors to come here anymore.”

“These prominent civil rights leaders have no reason to be here,” Gough said Monday. “With all due respect, I would like to assume, on purpose or not, that the jury will inevitably be affected by their presence in the courtroom.”

Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley rejected the request. Courtrooms are generally open to the public, although a judge has limited gallery seats to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The court is not going to single out any particular person or group of persons as excluded from the courtroom as a member of the public,” Walmsley said. “If there is a failure, you can bring it to my attention.”

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