BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Jurors in the murder trial of the three Georgia men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing were listening to hours of closing arguments Monday as four attorneys presented various views of what happened on that day early last year.
The prosecution said Arbery was “under attack” by white men who saw a Black man running in their small, coastal neighborhood and hopped in pickup trucks to pursue him.
Defense attorneys for two of the men painted a picture of residents on edge about crime in the neighborhood and said the men were attempting to detain Arbery for police. An attorney for the third said his client was a witness who merely documented the killing.
The nearly all-white panel of 12 jurors and three alternates was expected to hear a rebuttal from the prosecution later Monday. Deliberations were expected to begin Tuesday.
Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes in the February 2020 fatal shooting in Brunswick, about 80 miles south of Savannah. They were arrested two months after the shooting, when Bryan’s cellphone video of the incident was released.
Here’s what to know:
William ‘Roddie’ Bryan was guided by ‘divine providence,’ attorney says
Defense attorney Kevin Gough, who represents Bryan, told jurors his client was guided by “divine providence” to capture video of Arbery on the street that day, saying Bryan acted as a well-meaning witness to the…