A judge is expected to address the jury selection process at a Thursday hearing for the upcoming murder trial of three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery , a black man who was chased and shot dead after being seen running in a Georgia neighborhood.
Judge Timothy Walmsley held a pre-trial conference with lawyers at the County Courthouse in Glynn in Brunswick. The agenda also includes the schedule for the trial, which is due to begin on October 18.
This booking photo provided by the Sheriff's Office of Glynn County shows William "Roddie " Bryan Jr., who was imprisonedarrested on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia, for murder and attempted false imprisonment. (Glynn County Sheriff's Office via AP) (AP)
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Lawyers for two of the defendants - Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael - have decided to keep the media out of the courtroom when lawyers question potential jurors to determine if they have any prejudices in the high profile case. It was essential that would-be jurors feel as comfortable as possible in answering questions about race and other sensitive matters to ensure their clients are judged by an impartial jury.
The media, including the Associated Press, pushed back They argued that thisa would violate a well-established precedent and have said that the questioning of judges - a process known as voir dire - should be open to the public and the press. Closure can only be considered in "extraordinary circumstances " when a potential juror makes this request and there is evidence that a public questioning would significantly infringe the person's privacy, media said. in a court case Tuesday.
In this 2012 archive photo provided by Yolanda Richardson of FuzzyRabbit Fotos, Ahmaud Arbery poses for a senior photo on St. Andrews beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia (Yolanda Richardson / FuzzyRabbit Fotos via AP, File) (AP)
Arbery 's murder sparked a nationwide outcry last year amid protests against racism The McMichaels - a white father and son - armed themselves with guns and chased Arbery in a van when they saw him running around their neighborhood on February 23, 2020. The third accused, William "Roddi e " Bryan, joined in pursuit and filmed on his cell phone Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times at point blank range with a shotgun.
All three defendants said they had committed no crime. Defense attorneys claim the McMichaels had a valid reason to sue Arbery, believing he was a burglar, and Travis McMichael shot himon it in self-defense as Arbery struggled for his shotgun.