for: RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press
Posted: May 13, 2021 / 12:36 PM CDTUpdated: May 13, 2021 / 12:36 PM CDT
FILE: This set of backup photographs provided by the Glynn County Detention Center, Ga., Shows from left, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. men Wednesday, April 28, 2021, on the death of Amhmaud Arbery, a Georgian man who was killed while out to flee last year. All three are charged with felony criminal mischief and attempted kidnapping. McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)
BRUNSWICK, GA (AP) – A Georgia judge will continue to hear court motions Thursday in the murder case of three men facing a fall trial in the murder of Amhmaud Arbery, a black man who was later prosecuted and shot of being seen in the defendants. ‘neighborhood.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley planned to re-review the defense attorneys’ drive to get permission to show the jury’s evidence from Arbery’s mental health trial. They argue that mental illness could have played a major role in the February 23, 2020, assassination. Prosecutors oppose it, saying it is a ploy by defense attorneys to argue that Arbery’s death was his fault.
During the first Wednesday of the preliminary hearing, the judge chose to hear testimony about Arbery’s mental health. He said he wanted to weigh the issue before allowing the murdered man’s private medical information to be discussed in an open court.
Travis McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, armed themselves and chased the 25-year-old man in a van as he ran past his home just outside the port city of Brunswick, about 112 miles south. of Savannah.
A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and made a video with Travis McMichael’s cell phone shooting three times near Arbery with a shotgun.
The three men, all white, are charged with murder by malice and other charges. The judge has scheduled the selection of the jury in his trial to begin on October 18th.
The case sparked a national outcry during a year of protests over the killings of unarmed blacks. On April 28, the Justice Department added hate crimes charges against McMichaels and Bryan, all of whom pleaded not guilty to federal charges before a U.S. magistrate judge on Tuesday.