Trial begins to determine if Ahmaud Arbery's murder was motivated by racial hatred

The federal lawsuit against Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of the African-American Ahmaud Arbery25, started Monday in Georgia to determine if it was a hate crime motivated by racism.
Father and son, 66 and 36, respectively, along with their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, 52, were found guilty in November of the 2020 murder of Arbery, who they "hunted" and killed with a shotgun while jogging. for a neighborhood in the city of Brunswick (Georgia).
"The evidence in the case will show that if Ahmaud Arbery had been white, he would have gone for a run and returned in time (to his house) for Sunday dinner," the Prosecutor's Office said in its opening testimony in which it insisted that it was harassed and killed because of the color of their skin.
During her argument, prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein recounted the five-minute pursuit of the defendants in their vehicle through the neighborhood until Gregory McMichael shot Arbery with his gun.
The death of Arbery, which occurred on February 23, 2020, It went unnoticed for several months, until in early May a video recorded by Bryan with his cell phone was leaked online showing when the young man was intercepted by the McMichaels, who, after chasing him and cornering him in their truck, shot him at close range with a shotgun.

The investigation then passed into the hands of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), which in just days ordered the arrest of the three men, one of whom -Gregory McMichael- was a former Glynn County police officer and investigator for the Bureau of Prosecutor in the town.
The three men were sentenced on January 7 to life in prison. in state court, but now faces this new federal trial to answer charges of hate crimesin a case that has generated outrage and protests throughout the country.

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