BRUNSWICK, Ga. — During closing arguments Monday in the murder trial for the three white men involved in fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery, the prosecution argued that none of the suspects had cause to make a citizen’s arrest when they saw him in their neighborhood.
Linda Dunikoski stated Monday to jurors that Arbery was pursued by the defendants “because he was Black running down their street.”
Both the defense and prosecution will be heard at the closing arguments. concluded argumentsThe jury last week. Last week, reports emerged that one of the defendants had a lawyer. sought a plea dealBefore the defense rested its case.
Prosecutors claim that Arbery was running in Brunswick on February 23, 2020 when he stopped for a moment at a home under construction.
Arbery was seen by the McMichaels in the area. The McMichaels armed themselves and pursued him in a pickup vehicle because they believed he was responsible for several burglaries in the neighborhood.
The incident was captured on video. It showed McMichaels driving up alongside Arbery. After a brief struggle, Travis McMichael opened his gun and Arbery fell to the ground.
Defense lawyers claim that Travis McMichael did not fire his weapon after a “violent encounter.” A defense argument has also been made that the men were able to take Arbery into prison because of a since-repealed order. citizen’s arrest lawThis was in effect at time of shooting.
Prosecutors will not bring charges for the shooting. nearly three monthsOnly after the shooting was complete was the video made public.
The case was divided between various judicial circuits as well as district attorneys. Several of them worked alongside Greg McMichael as an investigator and police officer.
Brunswick Judicial Circuit district attorney Jackie Johnson is one ex-prosecutor. indictedfor misconduct in relation to her work on this case.
On May 7, 2020, the McMichaels were taken into custody and charged with murder. Bryan was taken into custody two weeks later.