Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski presented a closing argument to the jury during the trial of Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan, at the Glynn County Courthouse, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga.
Linda Dunikoski, the lead prosecutor in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killing, argued that the defendants cannot use the claim of self-defense.
“One can use lethal force and self-defense, but only under certain circumstances. You can’t claim self-defense if you are the unjustified initial aggressor — meaning if you started it.
Who started this? Wasn’t Ahmaud Arbery,” Dunikoski said during the prosecution’s final rebuttal this morning.
Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who are White, face charges including malice and felony murder in the killing of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, after chasing him in a neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020.
Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said during her rebuttal argument that the use of force by Travis McMichael, when he shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, was not reasonable.
“There is no fear here. There is only anger. Remember, it’s the standard of reasonable beliefs. That the force used is necessary. Do you really believe he had no other choice but to use his shotgun…No other choice.”