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Jury selection in Ahmaud Arbery murder case crawls into 2nd week

Shaddi Abusaid and Asia Simone Burns, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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Instead, the McMichaels grabbed guns, got into Travis’ pickup truck and pursued Arbery through their Satilla Shores neighborhood. Bryan joined the chase in his own vehicle, ultimately recording the cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting the unarmed Arbery as the two struggled over a shotgun in the road.

“Even after witnessing what I see as a possible crime, it’s not my place to interfere,” said Juror No. 381, who is white. “The first thing I should do is call law enforcement authorities and let them handle that situation.”

He said he discussed the case with some of his law enforcement friends and even took part in the “I run with Maud” jogging campaign before recording a video and posting it on social media.

Jason Sheffield, an attorney representing Travis McMichael, asked the man if he thought the defendants had committed a crime.

“I’d say yes,” he replied.

“And what crime is that?” Sheffield pressed.

 

“Murder,” the man said.

Juror No. 386, a Black man, said it was tough to escape news coverage of the shooting and avoid the widely shared cellphone footage.

“It was right there,” he said. “You didn’t have to look for it.”

Though he said he would be able to listen to the facts of the case with an open mind, the man called the killing an “unfair situation.” He wrote on his juror questionnaire that he believed everyone was innocent until proved guilty, “but it seemed Ahmaud Arbery was scared for his life and chose to defend himself against Travis and Gregory McMichael, who were both armed.”

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