BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A decide is anticipated to delve into the jury choice course of at a listening to Thursday for the upcoming homicide trial of three males accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was chased and shot after he was noticed working in a Georgia neighborhood.
Choose Timothy Walmsley scheduled a pre-trial convention with attorneys on the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick. The agenda additionally contains scheduling for the trial, which is about to start on Oct. 18.
Attorneys for 2 of the defendants — Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael — have moved to maintain media retailers out of the courtroom when legal professionals query potential jurors to find out whether or not they have biases within the broadly publicized case. They stated it was vital that potential jurors really feel as comfy as doable answering questions on race and different delicate matters to make sure their purchasers are tried by an neutral jury.
Media retailers together with The Related Press have pushed again on that request. They’ve argued that it might violate well-established precedent and stated the questioning of potential jurors — a course of often known as voir dire — should be open to the general public and the press. Closure can solely be thought of in “extraordinary circumstances” when a possible juror makes that request and proof reveals public questioning would considerably hurt the individual’s privateness, the retailers stated in a court docket submitting on Tuesday.
Arbery’s killing sparked a nationwide outcry final 12 months amid protests over racial injustice. The McMichaels — a white father and son — armed themselves with weapons and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after they noticed him working of their neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020. The third defendant, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael capturing Arbery thrice at shut vary with a shotgun.
All three defendants have stated they dedicated no crimes. Protection attorneys say the McMichaels had a legitimate motive to pursue Arbery, pondering he was a burglar, and that Travis McMichael shot him in self-defense as Arbery grappled for his shotgun.