Atlanta, Georgia 2021-10-18 19:23:56 –
The jury’s selection proceeded slowly on Monday in a trial of three white men charged with shooting and killing Amado Arbury, who was running in the neighborhood of Georgia, so the jury candidate felt negative about the case. He said he was worried about the personal consequences of serving the jury. jury.
The killing of a 25-year-old black man triggered a national protest fueled by a graphic video of a shooting leaked online more than two months after Arbury was killed.Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Rodi” Brian have been charged with murder and other crimes With the death of Arbury February 23, 2020, just outside the port city of Brunswick.
With hundreds of people called in, the jury selection can last for more than two weeks. Arbury’s father said victims of black crime were often denied justice and prayed for a fair panel and a fair trial.
“This is 2021 and it’s a time of change,” Marcus Arbury Sr. told The Associated Press. “We have been mistreated for a long time, so we need to be treated equally and have justice as human beings.”
The first panel of 20 juries was sworn in and questioned on Monday afternoon.
When Judge Timothy Walmsley asked the group if their minds were neutral on both sides of the case, only one raised his hand. Asked if they were already leaning to either side, about half raised their hands to show Jesus.
“If you want to serve as this jury, raise your card,” prosecutor Linda Dunikoski instructed the group to conclude the question.
At first, no one did. Finally, a young man raised his hand.
Jason Sheffield, one of Travis McMichael’s lawyers, asked the group if they had negative feelings about the three defendants. More than half raised their hands.
After being asked as a group, the potential jury was asked individually. Their answers reflected the strong attention the case attracted, their existing beliefs about the case, and their concerns about being involved in such a high-profile case.
The Air Force veteran and gun owner, who was first asked, said he had a negative impression of Greg McMichael, but not the other defendants.
“I got the impression that I was stalking,” he said, based on news coverage and watching “less than five” filming videos.
“I observed he was like a sled dog,” said a panel member about Greg McMichael, a retired investigator at the local district attorney’s office. Still, he said he wasn’t determined about innocence or guilt.
Another panelist saw a lot about the killings in the news and social media and said, “I’m sick of it.”
He said he shared a video of Arbury’s shooting on social media and discussed the incident with his brother. One of the brothers was also one of 1,000 who mailed a jury subpoena in the case.
The retired accountant said he had negative feelings towards the accused but tried to avoid opinions about guilt and innocence. She also expressed anxiety about sitting on the jury.
“What do you think if you are asked to make an unpopular verdict?” She said. “Any verdict, guilty or not guilty, will be unpopular with some people.”
“Maybe I can even feel dangerous,” she added.
The court has not identified the race of the jury candidate.
Arbury’s murder aroused anger during a national protest over racial injustice. More than two months have passed since McMichaels and Bryan were indicted and imprisoned. After the video was leaked online and state investigators took over the case.
Prosecutors say Arbury was simply jogging when McMichael grabbed a gun and chased him on a pickup truck. Brian took part in the chase on his truck and recorded a video of the now infamous cell phone that Travis McMichael shot three short-range shotguns at Arbury.
When she was questioned by the defense lawyer, one of the jury candidates, a young woman who was a teacher, spoke harshly to Brian.
“I didn’t like videotaping his scene and it was bad,” she said. “But at the same time, I’m grateful that he did so because I can see what happened.”
Defense lawyers claim that the three men have not committed a crime. Greg McMichael told police he believed Arbury was a thief after a security camera had previously recorded him entering a nearby house under construction. He said Travis McMichael fired for self-defense after Arbury hit him and tried to grab his weapon.
Investigators testified that they did not find evidence of an unarmed Arbury crime in the Satilla Shores parcel.
As a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, 600 jury pool members were ordered to report to the gymnasium to provide room for social distance. They were summoned to court in groups of 20, said Ronald Adams, clerk of the Glynn County Superior Court.
Eventually, 12 juries will be seated, and four more will be seated to supplement the jury who became ill or was dismissed before the trial was over.
The judge dismissed a total of eight jury candidates before resigning on Monday night. The other four were interviewed individually, but no final decision was made on their status. The jury selection was to resume on Tuesday morning.
With the jury seated, the trial itself could take more than two weeks, Adams said.
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