Jury Selection Begins in Trial for the Killing of Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery

Jury selection in the trial of three white men accused of chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was out for a jog, began on Oct. 18 in Georgia.

Travis McMichael, his father and former police officer Gregory, and their neighbor William Bryan face charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

According to the Glynn County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Court, 600 potential jurors were summoned to appear at the Selden Courthouse Annex on Oct. 18 for the trial.

Another 400 potential jurors have been summoned for Oct. 25, the county clerk further said.

By the end of the selection process, 12 jurors will be chosen from the pool.

Last Feb. 23, 2020, the McMichaels pursued Arbery in Brunswick, suspecting him of burglary. Travis shot him using a shotgun while Bryan, who allegedly hit Arbery with a truck, partly recorded the incident in a video after joining the McMichaels.

The video was leaked online in early May 2020 and helped spark nationwide protests against systemic racism, along with the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Black activists have called the killing a “modern-day lynching.”

Prosecutors are expected to accuse the McMichaels of racial vigilantism.

Prosecutors have also brought forward evidence of Travis using a racial slur after he fatally shot Arbery.

Travis had also used racial slurs numerous times on social media, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard Dial during a preliminary hearing last June.

The three suspects have insisted that they did nothing wrong and pleaded not guilty.

Attorneys for the three suspects will argue that they were acting within the boundaries of Georgia’s “citizen’s arrest” law, which was repealed in the wake of the murder.

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