BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge is denying requests to declare a mistrial in the case of three white men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery.
Monday saw tensions flare as Rev. Jesse Jackson was present at the courtroom with the parents of the slain Black man.
Defense attorneys claimed that jurors might have been tainted after they heard the jurors weeping in a gallery and saw Arbery sitting alongside Arbery’s family.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley denied these requests and stated that it was “reprehensible,” how a defense attorney complained about Black pastors within the courtroom.
A cellphone video that Arbery died on February 23, 2020, sparked a national outcry about racial injustice.
Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael were among those who participated. William R. Bryan was also involved. chargedFour counts of felony killing, two counts each of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and a criminal attempt at false imprisonment are all charged with malice.
They are accused of shooting and murdering Arbery who was on the run from police on February 23rd.
In May, the McMichaels was arrested.
The following is an extract from the official indictment,Bryan filmed Arbery and McMichaels’ encounter.
The video was released 10 weeks after it was shot.
Two days later the McMichaels were taken into custody.
Bryan was detained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation just a few more weeks later.