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Ahmaud Arbery’s mother calls defence description of her son “beyond rude”

CA, 23 Nov 2021
A jury heard dueling accounts of whether the three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery had any right to chase and shoot the unarmed Black man in their mostly white Georgia neighborhood in closing arguments on Monday.

Gregory McMichael, 65; his son Travis McMichael, 35; and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, 52, have pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, saying they did nothing wrong in jumping into pickup trucks to chase Arbery.

Prosecutors said the men "assumed the worst" about a 25-year-old Black man running by their homes and attacked him in a five-minute pursuit through Satilla Shores, a coastal Georgia suburb, on Feb. 23, 2020.

In contrast, the elder McMichael's lawyer, Laura Hogue, said the defendants had a duty to catch Arbery, whom she painted as a frightening burglar with "long dirty toenails," using a description from the autopsy report.

Cooper-Jones later told journalists outside that the description was "beyond rude."

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