Laura Hogue, an lawyer for defendant Gregory McMichael, on Monday claimed in courtroom that Ahmaud Arbery was a “recurring intruder” who repeatedly trespassed when coming into an open development web site within the Satilla Shores neighborhood exterior Brunswick, Georgia, the place Arbery was shot and killed.
“Turning Ahmaud Arbery right into a sufferer after the alternatives that he made doesn’t replicate the truth of what introduced Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to cowl his lengthy, soiled toenails,” Hogue mentioned.
The post-mortem report of Arbery famous the situation of his toenails. Arbery’s mom, Wanda Cooper-Jones, left the courtroom after Hogue’s comment, saying “I gotta get out of right here.”
She informed reporters on the steps of the courthouse after proceedings, “No matter what sort of toenails he had, what dimension legs he had, that was nonetheless my son, and my son really was working for his life in that description. I assumed that was simply flat out simply impolite.”
Race has been a key focus through the trial, with Arbery being Black and the three defendants in addition to 11 of the 12 jurors being White. Ben Crump, an lawyer for Arbery’s father, instructed race performed a task in Arbery’s dying.
“That they had dozens of different individuals who visited the house, no person chased them, no person mentioned that they burglarized the house, why is that?” mentioned Crump after courtroom Monday, discussing the house beneath development which the defendants believed Arbery had entered and robbed.
Cooper-Jones later informed CNN’s John Berman that the protection is simply attempting to deflect from the truth that they “haven’t got the right proof” to get a conviction.
“So that they’re really going to any measure to get it, to get a conviction, which isn’t there for them,” she mentioned.