Arbery jury asks to watch videos, listen to 911 call

The Georgia jury in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case, which began deliberations on Tuesday, asked the next morning to see and hear three pieces of evidence that were presented during the trial.

Judge Timothy R. Walmsley revealed in the courtroom Wednesday that he received a note, signed by the chairman of the jury, requesting that the panel view two videos of the Arbery shooting and listen to the audio of a 911 call, Gregory McMichael, one of the defendants at trial. , done on the scene.

“We, the jury, request to see the following videos three times each: One, original video, short version. Two, the enhanced high-contrast version. We would also like to hear the 9-1-1 call on 2/23. [2020] made by Greg McMichael, ”the note read. They also asked to be allowed to spread out in the gallery while the evidence was played.

The jurors were then escorted to the courtroom where they saw and heard the evidence.

McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan face charges of malicious murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony for the shooting death of Arbery last year.

Video of the incident, taken by Bryan, was leaked in May 2020, catapulting the case into national headlines.

The McMichaels, both armed and in a pickup truck, began chasing Arbery after he left a home in their neighborhood that was under construction while running, according to the newspaper. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The couple have said they were following the 25-year-old black man under Georgia’s now-repealed citizen arrest law, because they believed he was fleeing the crime scene.

Bryan, a local resident, soon joined the chase from his own truck, closing in on Arbery as he made his way down the street.

Arbery eventually charged Travis McMichael as the trucks approached. McMichael shot Arbery three times as the 25-year-old tried to grab his shotgun.

The McMichaels were reportedly concerned about the increase in crime in the area.

Governor of Georgia Brian kempBrian KempArbery’s case goes to McBath jury to appear in neighboring district after the Republican Party redrew the lines It’s time to repeal and replace citizen arrest laws MORE (R) repealed the citizen arrest law this May.

An attorney representing Travis McMichael has also claimed that his client was defending himself when he fired his gun because he feared for his life.

Bryan’s attorney, on the other hand, has sought to disengage his client from the McMichaels, arguing that he did not know a crime was being committed when he joined the case and began filming, and that he did not hurt Arbery in any way.

However, the prosecution has said that the three defendants were not justified in their actions because they had no evidence that Arbery committed any crime, but instead argued that they had preconceived notions about Arbery and decided to attack him “because he was a black man who was postulated “. down your street “.

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