1,000 summoned as possible jurors in Arbery slaying trial
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Jury duty notices have been mailed to 1,000 people in Georgia for the approaching trial of three white men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery.
Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald Adams said Tuesday that pretrial publicity surrounding the February 2020 slaying made it necessary to summon such a large jury pool.
He says 600 people have been ordered to report Monday when jury selection begins.
If that’s not enough to select a final jury, another 400 are on standby to show up a week later.
Prosecutors say the 25-year-old Black man was merely jogging on Feb. 23, 2020, when white father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves and chased Arbery with help from neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan.
A widely circulated video showed Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery as they grappled over a shotgun, and the McMichaels say the shooting happened in self-defense.
Arbery has family ties to the CSRA and is buried near Waynesboro.
His slaying sparked a series of protests of killings of Black people, especially by police officers. Gregory McMichael is a former police officer, and the case wasn’t prosecuted for weeks until the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stepped in. The district attorney at the time has now been charged with shielding the McMichaels.
The slaying also led to changes in the state’s citizen arrest law, which has been cited by the McMichaels as justification for their involvement. They allege they thought he was a prowler.
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