/ 05 November 2021

Arbery murder trial gets underway

Image source: Supplied
Image source: Supplied

Opening statements will be delivered today in a big murder case in the US state of Georgia. Three men are on trial for the 2020 murder of 25yo Ahmaud Arbery – a black man who was shot and killed on a residential street by 3 white men. The men say they suspected Arbery was involved in a series of recent burglaries in the area, and authorities were criticised for not charging them until a video of the killing emerged months later. Things are off to a racially charged start with a nearly all-white jury selected this week. The case is further complicated by ye olde citizens’ arrest laws in Georgia that law reform advocates say have been used against black people since the 1800s. It’s set to be a prominent and divisive case, and this episode of the New York Times ‘Daily’ podcast will sort you out.

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