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'An attack on Ahmaud Arbery' or 'citizen's arrest'? Georgia murder trial: closing arguments are underway

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.

Two of the defendants’ defense attorneys painted an image of crime-prone residents and claimed that the men wanted to arrest Arbery. A third lawyer said that the witness was not involved in the crime but simply documented it.

The nearly all-white panel of 12 jurors and three alternates was expected to hear a rebuttal from the prosecution later Monday. Expected to commence Tuesday’s deliberations.

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.

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Attorney says William ‘Roddie’ Bryan was guided by “divine providence.”

Kevin Gough who is Bryan’s defense attorney, said his client was led by “divine Providence” to record video of Arbery walking down the street on that particular day. Bryan then claimed he was acting as a well-intentioned witness in the crime.




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