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Georgia jury kicks off second day of discussion on Ahmaud Arbury’s assassination

The second day of the jury was on Wednesday in the murder of Ahmaud Arbury, when protesters and Black Lives Matter activists began gathering outside the Georgia courthouse.

According to the judge, the jury asked for evidence that was presented during the trial, namely video footage of the shooting and an emergency call made by Gregory McMichael on February 23, 2020.

“We, the jury, ask to watch the following videos three times: one, original video, short version. Secondly, an improved high contrast version. We would also like to hear Greg McMichael’s emergency call to emergency services 2/23, ”said the jury’s request, read by Judge Timothy Walmsley on Wednesday morning.

In the incident, father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and chased Arbury in a pickup truck after they noticed him fleeing through their unit on February 23, 2020, prosecutors said. A neighbor, William “Roddy” Brian, joined the chase and recorded a video of Travis McMichael opening fire as Arbury punches and grabs McMichael’s shotgun.

All three were charged with murder, aggravated assault and false prison sentences for the fatal murder of Arbury.

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Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the Ahmaud Arbury family, poses for a photographer outside a mural inspired by Arbury by artist Theo Ponchaveli in Dallas on May 9, 2020. (Tony Gutierrez / AP Photo)

While their defense lawyer argued that they were acting in self-defense, prosecutors stated that Georgian law stipulates that they cannot demand self-defense and portrayed the accused as aggressors in the case.

“You cannot demand self-defense if you are an unjustified aggressor,” Attorney Linda Dunikoski told the jury in her final argument earlier this week. “Who started it? It was not Ahmaud Arbury. “

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Arbury’s pursuers had “no badge, no uniform, no authority” and were “just some weird guys in a white pickup truck,” she said of the meeting.

There was also no evidence, Dunikoski added, that Arbury had committed crimes in the area where the accused lived. Arbury, who had a previous criminal record, including theft, was not seen stealing anything when he was filmed on CCTV cameras in a house under construction.

“You have lumber, you have it all,” Dunikoski said. “Mister. Arbury never shows up with a bag. He doesn’t drive up with a U-load. … All he does is wander around for a few minutes and then leave.”

Defense attorneys objected to Dunikoski’s explanation, saying McMichaels had reason to suspect that Arbury had stolen items from the house. Prior to installing the cameras, the owner discovered that some items were missing.

“This is a distortion of the law, and the argument is misplaced,” Franklin Hogue, Greg McMichael’s lawyer, said Monday.

An attorney representing Travis McMichael said the man fired a shotgun in self-defense after Arbury attacked him and tried to grab his weapon.

Black Lives Matter supporters gathered outside a courtroom in Brunswick, Georgia on Wednesday. Some chanted, “Turn it off” if there is no “justice” for Arbury.

“We just want them to do the right thing,” North Carolina-based BLM supporter Michael Harris told Fox News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times from New York.

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