On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia when Gregory and Travis McMichael pulled their truck up to a jogging Arbery. The men confronted him about recent trespassing and burglary incidents in the neighborhood, and shot and killed him in the street.
A third man, William “Roddie” Bryan, trailed the men in his vehicle and recorded the shooting of Arbery. The video spread across the Internet in May, leading to an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation--not only into the shooting, but into how prosecutors Tom Durden and Jackie Johnson in southeast Georgia handled the case.
Both McMichaels and Bryan are charged with murder in the case, which sparked nationwide outrage and a series of marches and demands for justice and new hate crime legislation in Georgia.
The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office has been appointed as a special prosecutor in the case.
>>LIVE TRIAL UPDATES:
1:20 PM: BREAKING NEWS: There is a verdict. Sheriff’s deputies confirm.
9:30 AM: The jury sent out a note requesting to see video. “We request to see the following videos three times each: Original video short version, enhanced high-contrast version, & the 911 call on 2.23 by Greg McMichael.”
In court as the judge clarifies what they want to see, the jury forewoman says they don’t want the half-speed version. He says the 911 call is about five minutes long, so raise your hand when the part you wanted to hear is done.
The review started around 9:52. Three jurors sat in the jury box to review the evidence. The rest sat in the gallery, where there’s another screen against the wall. The videos were played three times in a row each; the enhanced version has no sound.
The jury stopped the 911 call right after Greg McMichael yelled, “Travis!” They only wanted to hear it once. At about 9:55, they headed back into the jury room.
Judge Walmsley reminds everyone he’d like them available on 10-minute call. That means if there is a jury question or verdict, they should be able to gather in the courtroom within 10 minutes.
9:05 AM: The jury began its first full day of deliberations at 8:36 AM. The panel deliberated about 5.5 hours Tuesday, working through lunch, as they got the case and began deliberations at 11:53 AM.
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