The Brunswick courthouse will be open for deliberations on Wednesday as the three white defendants in the murder of Ahmaud Abery, a Black victim who was killed and shot in the city, return to Brunswick, Georgia.
Wednesday will be the second day for jury deliberations. According to The Associated PressAfter closing arguments had been concluded, jurors deliberated for six hours on Tuesday before the judge gave instructions.
On Tuesday, prosecutors closed their case by arguing that the men on trial — Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan — were not justified to take Arbery into custody on a since-repealed citizens’ arrest law.
“When three people chase an unarmed male in two pickup trucks to violate his personal freedom, who can say, “I’m not responsible for that?” Lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski stated that no one can say that under Georgia law.
Defense lawyers also mentioned Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law. However, they argued that Travis McMichael shot his shotgun at Arbery in self-defense.
Arbery, who was running in Brunswick’s Satilla Shores neighborhood, was pursued and shot to death on Feb. 23, 2020.
Arbery stopped briefly in front of a building that was still under construction. After seeing him, the McMichaels prepared themselves to chase him in pickup trucks. They believe he was responsible for several break-ins in the vicinity.
The incident was captured on video. It showed McMichaels driving up alongside Arbery. There was a struggle for several minutes before Travis McMichael fired the gun. Arbery then fell to the floor.
Nine charges were brought against the men, ranging from malice murder to false imprisonment.