The first officer to track down Ahmaud Arbery said he did not attempt to medicate the 25-year-old black man as he lay dying after being shot because it would not have been ” sure”.
Three white men are on trial for the murder, including murder and other crimes, after Mr. Arbery was prosecuted and shot while jogging in a neighborhood outside of Brunswick on the Georgia coast on February 23 2020.
Several jurors were visibly uncomfortable when Glynn County Police Sgt. Sheila Ramos showed gruesome images she took after the murder.
Ricky Minshew was a Glynn County Police Patrol Officer at the time. He testified that he arrived at the scene about a minute after gunshots were heard. Mr. Arbery was on the ground, face down, in a growing pool of blood. He said he heard a sound from Mr. Arbery, describing it as a “death rattle,” according to CBS News.
“Without having other police units to back me up, I had no way to move on to anything medical and keeping my own safety,” Minshew said.
Greg and Travis McMichael, a father and son, grabbed guns and jumped into their van when they saw Mr. Arbery jogging. Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined us, using his phone to film Travis McMichael filming Mr. Arbery.
The first arrests came two months later when the video leaked, sparking national outrage. The local police had to turn the matter over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The two McMichaels, as well as Mr. Bryan, were subsequently charged.
Defense lawyers argued that the three men were correct in prosecuting Mr. Arbery because he had been recorded by surveillance cameras in a house under construction and they believed he was a burglar.
The defense team also claimed that Travis McMichael fired in self-defense when he was allegedly attacked by Mr Arbery.
Mr Arbery’s mother told reporters she did not understand why more help had not been given to her son.
“He had a guy lying on the road that was covered in blood,” Wanda Cooper-Jones said. “I don’t understand why he didn’t help.”
William Duggan was the second officer to respond to the scene. Body camera footage was shown of the officer rolling Mr. Arbery over and applying pressure to his chest.
“I was under pressure, but there was nothing I could do,” Mr. Duggan told first responders in the video, adding that Mr. Arbery died after about two minutes.
On the panel of 12 jurors, one is Black.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley said “intentional discrimination” on the part of the defense team affected jury selection, but Georgia law hampered its ability to intervene.
Last week Ms Cooper-Jones cried in the courtroom as she first watched video of her son’s death.
“I decided it was time to see the video to cure my curiosities,” she said on Friday. “It’s very heartbreaking, but I got past that part.”
“These three defendants did everything they did on the basis of assumptions – not on facts, not on evidence, on assumptions,” Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said on Friday. “They are making decisions in their aisles based on these assumptions that claimed the life of a young man.”