Jury Selection Begins Monday In Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

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By Associated Press
October 15, 2021

Three men look execution charges aft Arbery was changeable and killed past twelvemonth portion jogging done a Georgia neighborhood.

Jury enactment successful the execution proceedings of Ahmaud Arbery is scheduled to statesman Monday. For many, it’s not conscionable the 3 achromatic defendants connected trial, but alternatively a justness strategy that allowed them to stay escaped for weeks aft they pursued and killed a Black man.

Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan are charged with chasing Arbery successful a pickup motortruck and fatally shooting him aft spotting him moving successful their neighborhood. More than 2 months passed earlier their arrests aft video of the shooting was leaked online and sparked a nationalist outcry.

Local activists program a play rally astatine the Glynn County Courthouse successful Brunswick, Georgia, a working-class larboard metropolis 70 miles southbound of Savannah, and a car caravan done the vicinity wherever Arbery was slain.

“It’s shaken the religion of the Black and brownish assemblage successful their quality to spot the justness system,” said the Rev. John Perry, who was president of the Brunswick NAACP section erstwhile Arbery was killed.

Arbery's decease connected Feb. 23, 2020, aboriginal became portion of the broader reckoning connected radical injustice successful the transgression ineligible strategy aft a drawstring of fatal encounters betwixt Black radical and constabulary — George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks, among others. Akeem Baker, a adjacent person of Arbery's, inactive takes runs connected the 23rd time of each period for a region of precisely 2.23 miles to support his representation alive.

Baker said helium is often tagged successful societal media posts by radical doing akin memorial runs arsenic acold distant arsenic the U.K.

The McMichaels and Bryan are charged with 9 counts each, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battle and different crimes. The men told constabulary they utilized pickup trucks to support Arbery from fleeing the Satilla Shores neighborhood. Security cameras successful an open-framed location nether operation had antecedently recorded him connected the site, and they suspected helium was stealing.

Prosecutors contend Arbery was simply jogging connected a thoroughfare conscionable 2 miles from his home. They accidental helium was unarmed and constabulary recovered nary grounds helium had stolen anything.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press.