Ahmaud Arbery murder trial: jurors showed graphic video and photographs of the scene
Bryan also wondered if he should have chased Arbery in his truck.
Former Glynn County Police Officer Ricky Minshew said he was in the area to respond to a report of a “suspicious black man” on February 23, 2020, when he heard “two sounds pop loud “.
Minshew said he arrived at the scene of the shooting shortly after and observed two white men pacing and a black man with a gunshot wound to the ground.
Minshew said he spoke to Bryan shortly after the shooting and testified to what Bryan told him that day. Reading the transcript of his body camera video, Minshew said he asked Bryan, “So, are you a passing passerby?” Bryan replied, “Not necessarily.”
Prosecutor Larissa Ollivierre asked Minshew if Bryan had ever said he was trying to get Arbery arrested by a citizen. Minshew replied, “No, ma’am.”
Minshew said Bryan told him that while he was chasing him he blocked Arbery with his truck “five times”.
Reading his body cam transcript again, Minshew said Bryan told him, “Should I have sued him? I don’t know.” Bryan had told the officer “he was trying to get in my truck. He tried to get in my door,” referring to Arbery.
“When I turned the corner, it was almost like Black was tired of running,” Bryan told Minshew, according to the transcript. Minshew also said Bryan told him he felt like he was going to be thrown out of his own truck when he tried to chase Arbery without wearing a seat belt. “He said, ‘Thrown through the damn windshield trying to chase that prankster,'” Minshew said.
Bryan told Minshew that Arbery never said anything while he was being chased.
While prosecutors did not release Minshew’s body camera video, they did release the expanded version of Bryan’s cellphone video of the chase and the court shoot.
Ollivierre asked Minshew if he had found any guns when he arrived at the scene. He said he saw a pistol and a shotgun with “a significant amount of blood on it”.
The state also submitted photos and body camera images of Minshew as evidence.
Bryan and his neighbors, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, are charged with malice and murder in connection with the Arbery shooting. They also face charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement and criminal attempt to commit forcible confinement. They all pleaded not guilty.
The crime scene investigator testified
Earlier Monday, Sgt. Sheila Ramos said she arrived at the scene of the murder and started taking photos as soon as she determined the scene had been secured.
As a prosecutor showed photos to the jury on Monday, Ramos identified the images, including Arbery’s body lying in the street under a blood-stained sheet, close-ups of his wounds, bloodstains on the sidewalk , the shotgun used to kill him lying in the grass and used shotgun shells.
One photo showed an accused, Gregory McMichael, speaking with an investigator at the scene.
Several jurors squirmed in their seats when the first photos of Arbery were shown. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, exhaled softly as Ramos identified close-ups of gaping gunshot wounds on Arbery’s chest and wrist.
Ramos said Arbery’s body had been moved by the time she arrived because first aid was being provided.
Prosecutor Paul Camarillo showed Ramos a rectangular box which she said contained the shotgun used to kill Arbery and four unfired shotgun shells and one shotgun shell. She said the shotgun “contains a biohazard. There is blood on it.”
Because the shotgun had blood on it and was marked with a biohazard, fingerprints were not found at the scene, she said.
Ramos said she did not find any items in Arbery’s pockets, did not know his identity and did not know that a video of the murder existed.
Ramos was the second witness to testify in the trial of Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.
The first witness testified on Friday
On Friday, the jury of 11 white members and one black member heard from the first witness.
Glynn County Police Officer William Duggan said he responded at the scene of the shooting to find a black man lying on the sidewalk and “a few other people walking around.”
Duggan said he felt Arbery was dead because of “the amount of blood I saw at the scene, the lack of rise and fall of the chest, and essentially the gaping wound I saw. in his chest. There was nothing I could do for him. “
Also on Friday, prosecutors and defense lawyers presented their opening arguments.
Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski told the jury the defendants tracked down Arbery and cornered and shot him without evidence or knowledge that he had done anything wrong, although they said they were attempting a citizen arrest .
“In this case, these three defendants did everything they did on the basis of assumptions,” she said. “Not on facts, not on evidence – on hypotheses.”
Lawyers for the McMichaels have claimed their clients were attempting to carry out a citizen arrest of Arbery, whom they suspected of burglary after they and several neighbors became concerned about individuals entering a house under construction .
“The evidence overwhelmingly shows that Travis McMichael honestly and legally attempted to detain Ahmaud Arbery in accordance with the law and shot him in self-defense,” said Bob Rubin, defense attorney for Travis McMichael,
Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, said he would wait to present an opening statement until the state has presented his case.
CNN’s Dakin Andone and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.