Prosecution Rests in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial
While the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has largely captured the media’s attention for the last few weeks, another murder trial of significant public interest has been happening at the same time.
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed by Gregory and Travis McMichael, a father and son pair, in Brunswick Georgia back in February 2020. Their neighbor, William Bryan Jr., has also been charged. The trio of white men is accused of chasing down and murdering Arbery, who was jogging through the neighborhood.
The prosecution rested its case on Tuesday, CNN reports:
On Tuesday, Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensic pathologist Dr. Edmund Donoghue—the man who performed Arbery’s autopsy—detailed Arbery’s injuries as jurors saw graphic photos from the examination.
Donoghue’s autopsy report from April 2020 did not detail the order in which Arbery’s gunshot wounds happened. But he testified Tuesday that he could do so now, combining the autopsy with widely seen cell phone video taken by Bryan. Arbery and Travis McMichael can be seen in the video wrestling over the firearm before the shooting.
Though three shots were fired, only the first and third struck Arbery, Donoghue testified. The first not only grazed his right wrist—hitting an artery and causing severe bleeding—but also struck his center chest, he said.
The third shot struck his left chest and armpit, hitting his axillary vein and axillary artery, Donoghue testified.
While a tourniquet could have remedied the wrist injury, nothing could be done on scene to save Arbery’s life after either of the torso wounds, Donoghue said.
Prosecuting attorney Linda Dunikoski asked whether Arbery’s first set of injuries—the wrist and chest being hit by the same shot—could be “consistent with someone pushing a shotgun away from them” or “consistent with someone maybe grabbing the shotgun.”
“It could be, yes,” Donoghue answered to both questions.
The Washington Post has more:
Attorneys for Travis McMichael say their client sought first to scare off Arbery and “de-escalate,” firing as Arbery got close and fearing that the unarmed man would take McMichael’s weapon. Prosecutors contend that McMichael cannot claim self-defense because he, his father and their neighbor were the aggressors—pursuing Arbery in their trucks and then confronting him in their coastal Georgia neighborhood of Satilla Shores in February 2020.
The defense previously tried to bar Al Sharpton from sitting with the family of the victim, arguing unsuccessfully that this amounted to jury intimidation.
While the Rittenhouse trial, which increasingly looks like it may result in an acquittal, has been wrongly framed by some in the media as an issue of racial animus, the Arbery case is much more straightforward: Three white men chased down a black man who had done nothing wrong and killed him. He didn’t have a gun, and he wasn’t threatening them. It’s much easier to argue that the McMichaels were the aggressors—though ultimately, the jury will decide.
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