Jury selection begins in trial on Ahmaud Arbery’s death

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Trail begins in Ahmaud Arbery murder case as 3 defendants are implicated in his death. Photo by creativecommons.org

Grady Johnson, Staff Writer

Jury selection is underway in the trial of Brunswick, Georgia resident Ahmaud Arbery’s death, after he was confirmed dead on Feb. 23, 2020. Hundreds of people have been ordered to report for what could be a long search to find jurors. Many potential jurors stated that they had become concerned about the case and worried about the personal consequences of serving on the jury. Ahmaud Arbery, an African American male, was running in the neighborhood of three white men, who then chased and shot him. A sunny morning quickly turned cold and grey as nearby neighbors in the surrounding area heard what was a loud pop sound. The killing of a young African American man soon sparked a national outrage as vivid footage of the shooting leaked online two months after the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, as well as William “Roddie” Bryan, are charged with the murder and crimes related in Arbery’s death outside the city of Brunswick. To read more click here.

The McMichaels stated that they had been doing a good thing in the community, as they made it clear that a citizen’s arrest had been intended. The McMichaels’ neighbor Bryan recorded a video of the chase between Ahmaud Arbery and the three defendants. After the shooting, the three men were allowed to leave the scene without question and were not arrested until authorities were aware of what had happened. In the community, shocked by the outraged of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, many future jurors were questioned to help Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough get more info about their thoughts on the incident that happened in the neighborhood of Satilla Shores in Brunswick, Georgia.  To read more click here.

Having a small-town community where relationships are very tight with one another will help the court form a clearer decision on whether the defendants are guilty. Many people believe racial equality is an everyday fight. The things that a person will do to make a stand will change one’s view to make an influence on someone’s life. Junior Ryan Sargent states that “Race is an everyday battle in our community. I believe that racial equality will eventually be noticed as everyone will be treated with respect no matter what color they are. It will happen, but only in the future will people start to realize.”