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Defense rests in trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killing

Ahmaud Arbery Georgia Trial
Posted at 2:28 PM, Nov 18, 2021

The defense rested its case Thursday in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killing.

The jury was dismissed and will return for closing arguments on Monday.

On Thursday, the man who fatally shot Arbery testified that Arbery did not speak, show a weapon or threaten him in any way before he raised his shotgun and pointed it at the 25-year-old Black man.

Travis McMichael said he was “under the impression” that Arbery could be a threat because he was running straight at him and he had seen Arbery trying to get into a neighbor's truck.

McMichael is one of three white men on trial for murder.

He and his father and a neighbor chased down Arbery after seeing him running through their neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020.

Arbery's family says he was out for a jog prior to the shooting.

"He didn't have any facts on hand when he chose to pull the trigger. Not one time but three times," said Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud Arbery's mother.