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Prosecutor: Three Men Had No Cause to Chase Ahmaud Arbery

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The man who shot Ahmaud Arbery testified that he pulled the trigger in self-defense.
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery had no cause to make a citizen's arrest when they saw him in their neighborhood, and they pursued him solely "because he was a Black man running down their street," a prosecutor said Nov. 22, 2021, in closing arguments.

A defense attorney for the man who fired the fatal gunshots said Arbery was killed as he violently resisted a legal effort to detain him to answer questions about burglaries in the neighborhood.

"It is absolutely, horrifically tragic that this has happened," attorney Jason Sheffield said. "This is where the law is intertwined with heartache and tragedy. You are allowed to defense yourself."

The arguments unfolded before a disproportionately white jury after 10 days of testimony that concluded in mid-November, not long after the man who shot Arbery testified that he pulled the trigger in self-defense.

Arbery's killing became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after a graphic video of his death leaked online two months later. Though prosecutors did not argue that racism motivated the killing, federal authorities have charged all three men with hate crimes, alleging that they chased and killed Arbery because he was Black.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and pursued Arbery, 25, in a pickup truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, joined the chase and recorded the video of Travis McMichael opening fire as Arbery threw punches and grabbed…
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