Both sides in the trial of the three men accused of the murder of Ahmad Arbury made their closing statements on Monday. Prosecutors will postpone rebuttal of the defense’s arguments until Tuesday morning, after the jury told the judge that they want to go home for the night. The judge also said that the jury would be moved to inner rooms in the courthouse so that they would not hear the shouts of the protesters outside the courthouse.
Here are the main closing arguments.
The prosecutor claims that there was no reason for the attack on Arbury.
Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski told the jury that all three made assumptions about Ahmoud Arbury and had no reason to prosecute him because they had no evidence that he had committed a crime that day. “They made the decision to attack Ahmaud Arbury in the driveways because he was a black man running down the street,” Ms Dunikoski said.
Mc Michaels’ attorneys focus on protecting neighbors and self-defense.
Lawyers for Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael said their clients hoped to arrest a citizen as they chased Mr. Arbury in a truck. Lawyers said their clients were concerned about the rise in crime in their area, and when they saw Mr. Arbury, they were convinced that he was an intruder who had been seen hiding in a partially built home where they were told there had been burglaries. Jason W. Sheffid, representing Travis McMichael, said that when his client shot Mr. Arbury, he was acting in self-defense because he feared for his life.
The third defendant’s lawyer is trying to take him out of the case.
Kevin Gough, attorney for William Brian aka Roddy, tried to distance his client from the McMichals and their actions. Mr. Gough argued that Mr. Brian, who recorded Mr. Arbury’s death on his cell phone, did not know that a crime was taking place and did nothing to harm Mr. Arbury.