The murder of the Black 25-year old man sparked national outrage. Travis McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan, their neighbor are accused of murder and other crimes in Arbery's deathon February 23, 2020 just outside Brunswick.
Jury selection can take up to two weeks. Arbery's father stated that he prays for an impartial jury and fair trial because Black crime victims are too often denied justice.
Marcus Arbery Sr. stated in an interview that "This is 2021 and it's now time for a shift." We've been wrongly treated so many times that we need to be treated fairly and equally.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley originally planned to hold a morning meeting to discuss legal issues before the trial begins.
This case will also be closely monitored outside of Georgia. Arbery's murder sparked outrage during the period of national protests against racial injustice in 2020. Bryan and McMichaels were arrested and sentenced after Bryan's video of the shooting was leaked online. Bryan and McMichaels had been in jail for more than two months.
Prosecutors claim that Arbery was only jogging, when the McMichaels set up guns and chased him with a pickup truck. Bryan joined the chase in his truck and captured the now-famous cellphone video of Travis McMichael firing three shots at Arbery from close range using a shotgun.
Defense attorneys claim the men did not commit any crimes. Greg McMichael said that they pursued Arbery because they suspected he was a burglar. Security cameras had previously captured him entering a nearby house under construction. Travis McMichael claimed that he fired his gun in self defense after Arbery attacked and tried to grab the weapon.
Investigators testified that there was no evidence of Arbery crimes in Satilla Shores subdivision. He was not armed.
600 jury pool members were asked to report to the gymnasium Monday in order to prevent the coronavirus. Glynn County Superior Judge Ronald Adams stated that they will be summoned to courthouse in 20-member groups.