Trial closing arguments underway in Georgia murder case

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Ahmaud Arbery was “under attack” when three white men saw him running in a small, coastal neighborhood and hopped in pickup trucks to pursue him, a prosecutor said Monday in the murder trial over his killing.

“They made their decision to attack Ahmaud Arbery in their driveways because he was a Black man running down the street,” prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said.

A nearly all-white panel of 12 jurors and three alternates heard an hour-long closing argument from the state Monday morning and were hearing from lawyers for each of the three defendants. After closings, the jurors are expected to begin deliberations on a verdict.

Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes in the February 2020 fatal shooting in Brunswick, about 80 miles south of Savannah. They were arrested two months after the shooting, when Bryan’s cellphone video of the incident was released.

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Dozens of Black Lives Matter and Black Panther protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse where the trial of Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan is held, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga.

Black Lives Matter, Black Panthers demonstrators protest in Brunswick 

Dozens of people with Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers protested outside the Glynn County courthouse Monday during closing arguments.

Demonstrators held up a large image of Ahmaud Arbery and brought a black coffin inscribed with the names of slain Black people. 

“Say his name! Ahmaud Arbery!” protesters chanted.

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