Prosecution rests case in Ahmaud Arbery homicide trial after eight days and 23 witnesses

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday within the trial of three Georgia males charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a black man they allegedly cornered and gunned down when he jogged by means of a predominantly white neighborhood.

The state referred to as 23 witnesses throughout eight days of testimony, ending with the health worker who carried out the post-mortem on Arbery’s physique and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s lead detective within the case.

The jury was proven graphic close-up photographs of Arbery’s accidents, which included massive abrasions to his face brought on by falling face down on the street after being shot a 3rd time.

The proof additionally included a photograph of his blood-soaked T-shirt and accompanying cellphone video exhibiting it had been white simply seconds earlier than Travis McMichael allegedly shot the 25-year-old.


Travis McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, are accused of arming themselves and going after Arbery, who was jogging by means of their Satilla Shores neighborhood close to the port metropolis of Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020. The McMichaels chased and cornered Arbery earlier than Travis McMichael allegedly opened hearth. They claimed they thought Arbery was stealing and that safety cameras in an open-framed home underneath development had beforehand caught him on tape, although investigators have rejected these claims.

Ahmaud Arbery Georgia Trial
Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.

(Glynn County Detention Middle by way of AP, File)

The McMichaels and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, have been charged with 9 counts every, together with malice homicide, felony homicide, and aggravated assault.

Dr. Edmund Donoghue testified Tuesday that Arbery was hit by two of the three shotgun rounds fired at him.

He stated Arbery would have in all probability died from both. The primary shot tore by means of an artery in Arbery’s proper wrist and went by means of the middle of his chest, cracking ribs and inflicting heavy inner bleeding. The second missed totally however the third, fired at point-blank vary, ripped by means of each main artery and vein close to his left armpit and fractured bones in his shoulder and arm.

Donoghue testified there was nothing legislation enforcement or first responders might have completed to save lots of his life.

The primary week of the trial was marked by weird outbursts and a movement from Bryan’s legal professional, Kevin Gough, to kick the Rev. Al Sharpton out of the gallery, arguing it might intimidate the jury. On Monday, he as soon as once more filed a movement to take away the Rev. Jesse Jackson who confirmed as much as the courthouse with Arbery’s father.

Protection attorneys will start their case Wednesday.

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