Testimony to begin in Ahmaud Arbery death hate crimes trial

Testimony is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) – Prosecutors are set to present their first witnesses in the federal hate crimes trial of the three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. Testimony is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.

The second trial in the young Black man’s killing opened Monday with a federal prosecutor telling the jury that Arbery was chased and shot in February 2020 because of his skin color. Defense attorneys say Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan were not motivated by race, even if they made wrong assumptions about Arbery.

A jury of eight white people, three Black people and one Hispanic person is hearing the case.