Hundreds of people were ordered to report on the jury’s mission in Georgia on Monday.
The killing of a 25-year-old black man has caused national outcry because of a graphic video of the shooting. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan have been charged with murder and other crimes in Arbury’s death outside the port city of Brunswick on February 23, 2020. I did
The selection of a judge can last more than two weeks. Arbury’s father said victims of black crime were often denied justice and prayed for a fair panel and fair trial.
“It’s 2021 and it’s time for a change,” Marcus Arbery Sr. said in an interview. “We have been abused for a long time, so we need to be treated equally and judged as human beings.”
Before the selection process began, High Court Judge Timothy Walmsley had earlier planned to hold a morning hearing to address the legal issues that were to be resolved before the trial could begin. ..
Grin County court officials mailed notices to 1,000 people about jury obligations, killing major news coverage and slowing down the jury finding process in a community that overwhelmed me with expected social media feeds. .
The matter is being closely monitored outside Georgia as well. Arbery’s killing sparked anger in the summer of 2020 during a public protest over racial injustice. More than two months have passed before McMichael and Bryan were prosecuted and jailed after a video of the shooting leaked online and state investigators took over the case from local police.
Prosecutors say Arbury was jogging when McMichael was armed with a gun and following him on a pickup truck. Bryan took part in the chase on his truck and shot a video of the now infamous cell phone showing Travis McMichael shooting three short-range shotguns at Arbury.
Defense lawyers claim that the three men have not committed any crime. Greg McMichael told police that he had followed Arbery on suspicion of being a burglar after a security camera had previously shot him entering a home under construction. He said that Travis McMichael shot a gun in self-defense when Arbery attacked him and tried to grab and hold a weapon.
Investigators testified that they did not find evidence of an Arbery crime in the Satila Shores parcel. He is not armed.
As a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, 600 jury pool members were ordered to report to the gymnasium on Monday to allow for social distancing. They will be called to court in groups of 20, according to Glynn County Senior Court Secretary Ronald Adams.
Along with the summons to the jury, members of the pool were sent a three-page questionnaire asking them what they already knew about the case and which media or social media platform was the main source of information.
This form asks whether the jury candidate posted an online comment on Arbery’s murder, and whether he visited the shooting site or conducted other investigations into the case himself.
Both lawyers will call on the jury pool group and individually over the next few days to determine whether they have formed an opinion on a matter that would prevent them from providing service.
Ultimately, the judge will require 12 jurors, plus four jurors waiting to supplement jurors who became ill or were dismissed before the trial ended.
Adams said the trial could take more than two weeks with the jury sitting.
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