Ahmaud Arbery killing trial soon goes to the jury

The jury is made up of 11 whites and 1 black
Arbery was 25 when he was chased, shot and killed last year in a neighborhood of Brunswick, Ga.
The trial of 3 men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery is winding down in Glynn County Georgia. Photo credit Arbery Family

Original story posted at 10am est - Tuesday, November 23, 2021
We could soon learn the fates of the 3 white men charged with chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery. The murder trial for the trio is winding down as the prosecution delivers its final rebuttal this morning following closing arguments that started Monday. The jury of 11 whites and 1 black could get the case this afternoon.

If found guilty the McMichaels and Bryan face sentences of up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan are charged with malice, felony murder, and other charges in the death of 25 year old Ahmaud Arbery. They have pleaded not guilty. Photo credit Glynn County Sheriff's Department

Presenting Arbery as a criminal has been the ongoing purpose of the defense. Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan are charged with malice and felony murder in the death of Arbery on February 23, 2020. They say they'd suspected Arbery of burglary and were attempting to make a citizen's arrest.

Laura Hogue described Arbery as wearing "khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails," the day he was shot and killed.
An attorney for murder defendant Travis McMichael brings up Ahmaud Arbery's toenails in court. Photo credit Getty Images

Defense lawyer Laura Hogue went so far as to tell jurors Monday, "Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails." Hogue was referring to wording from the autopsy which reported the condition of Arbery's toenails.

After leaving the courtroom Monday, Wanda Cooper-Jones said, "Regardless of what kind of toenails he had, what size legs he had, that was still my son, and my son actually was running for his life in that description. I thought that was just flat out just rude."
Following comments by a defense attorney about her dead son's toenails, Wanda Cooper-Jones left they courtroom saying "I've got to get out of here." Photo credit Getty Images

Saying "I gotta get out of here", Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones left the courtroom following Hogue's comment. Cooper-Jones, speaking on the steps of the Glynn County courthouse, said "I thought that was just flat out rude," adding, "regardless of what kind of toenails he had, that was still my son, and he was running for his life."

Dunikoski, with the Cobb County District Attorney's office is the lead prosecutor in the state's case against the McMichaels and Bryan for the murder ofAhmaud Arbery last year.
Calling it "completely excessive force" lead prosecutor Lunda Dunikoski said the 3 defendants acted not because Arbery was a threat, but because "he wouldn't stop and talk to them." Photo credit Getty Images

Linda Dunikoski with the Cobb County District Attorney's office, and lead prosecutor in the case, maintains that Arbery was targeted "because he was a black man running down the street."