A 25-year-old black unarmed man was shot dead while running, by two white men and an on-looker, all three of whom are currently under trial for murder and felony charges. Ahmaud Arbery was running in his neighborhood of Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23rd, 2020, when father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, along with a neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan chased him around and shot him dead.

The attorneys involved in the Ahmaud Arbery case have delivered their closing arguments on late Monday, and the jury is to take a decision on the case after clear deliberations on available evidence and arguments.

The defense attorney for the father-son duo, Laura Hogue, is under fire for extremely disrespectful comments about the victim in her closing arguments on Monday. Hogue argued, “Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails.”

Ahmaud Arbery shooting trial hit new low, calling the murdered victim unhygienic
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The comments brought audible gasps from people present in the courtroom, including Ahmaud Arbery‘s mother, who left the courtroom after the comment saying, “I gotta get out of here.”

The trial at Glynn County Superior Court in Brunswick, Georgia has been going on for a while, as we reach the second year since the unfortunate incident took place. All three defendants face charges including malice murder, multiple charges of felony murder, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a 12-gauge shotgun, which can lead to life imprisonment if convicted.

Former prosecutor and civil rights attorney Charles Coleman Jr. called Hogue’s comment a portrayal of racist tropes by trying to show Ahmaud Arbery as a “runaway slave”. He said, “Her word choice was intentional, her descriptions were unnecessary. And the description ultimately is inflammatory.”

Adding that the measure was an, “attempt to sort of really trigger some of the racial tropes and stereotypes that may be deeply embedded in the psyche of some of the jurors.” Civil rights attorney L. Chris Stewart said, “It was disrespectful, it was horrific, and attorney Hogue should be ashamed of herself, to bring up his feet in the middle of trial. What is wrong with you?”

While Hogue is part of the McMicheal’s legal defense team, Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough has done his own damage earlier by first saying, “We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here.” addressing the jury about Rev. Al Sharpton, who came to court last week during the proceedings and held a prayer vigil outside the courtroom.

Gough’s closing arguments were, “The inconvenient truth is that Roddie Bryan did not know and could not know that these men were armed until moments before Mr. Arbery’s tragic death,” Gough said. “He did not know that Arbery would be shot and by that time, sadly, there was nothing Roddie Bryan could do to prevent this tragedy.”

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