Jurors in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial are set to begin a second day of deliberations Wednesday after failing to reach a swift verdict.
The jury spent more than six hours Tuesday reviewing the charges against the three white men accused of chasing and shooting Arbery, a black jogger running through their neighborhood near Brunswick, Ga.
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, have been charged with murder, aggravated assault and other crimes for the killing in the coastal suburb of Satilla Shores on Feb. 23, 2020.
The jurors worked through lunch as they deliberated then asked to break for the night soon after 6 p.m. The judge said that deliberations will resume at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Prosecutors have asked the jury to find the defendants guilty of all the charges and accused the defense of trying to blame Arbery for his own death.
“Standard stuff: Malign the victim. It’s the victim’s fault,” lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski told the jury. “I know you’re not going to buy into that. It’s offensive.”
The defense has said the suspects believed Arbery was fleeing a burglary after he was spotted at least five previous times looking around a local home under construction.
With Post wires