Lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski, nonetheless, maintains that Arbery being on probation “isn’t related, because the defendants didn’t know Mr. Arbery was on probation.”
She additionally identified that the most recent movement from the protection is a regurgitation of a matter the choose already selected. Months after a Glynn County grand jury indicted the McMichaels—together with William Bryan, who filmed components of the lethal encounter—the McMichaels’ authorized staff submitted a discover to introduce “sure different” acts of proof final December, in keeping with journalist Kailey Tracy. Arbery’s determination to plead responsible after dealing with prices associated to making an attempt to steal a TV from Walmart in 2017 have been introduced up in reporting of that movement. Superior Courtroom Decide Timothy Walmsley wrote in an order ABC News obtained that proof of Arbery’s previous authorized troubles might unfairly “lead the jury to imagine that though Arbery didn’t apparently commit any felony that day, he could pose future dangerousness in that he would finally commit extra alleged crimes, and due to this fact, the Defendants’ actions have been one way or the other justified.”
They weren’t, stated civil rights legal professional Ben Crump, who isn’t concerned in felony proceedings however is representing Arbery’s household. Crump stated in a statement responding to the protection’s movement:
“The protection’s try and assassinate the character of Ahmaud Arbery simply days earlier than the McMichaels’ and Bryan’s trial is about to start is an inexpensive and blatant try and distract from the concrete info of this case and the horrific actions of those defendants. It’s irrelevant that Ahmaud was on probation when he was murdered as a result of the defendants had no data of that, nor would it not be materials in the event that they did. What’s related is that Gregory and Travis McMichael and William Bryan wrongfully and illegally tried to take the regulation into their very own arms and kill a person whereas recording it, seemingly for no cause aside from sport. The household and our authorized staff have religion that the courtroom will see by way of this tactic and ship Ahmaud and his household justice. If these killers get off with out consequence, that sends the message that lynching Black males in 2021 carries no penalty.”
As many as 1,000 potential Glynn County jurors have been summoned for the trial, the AJC reported.