A sentence uttered by defense attorney Laura Hogue in the closing argument of the Ahmaud Arbery’s murder trial has brought up an audible gasp in the courtroom.
Laura Hogue, defense attorney for Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael whom are on trial being charger for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, has in her closing argument, painted Ahmaud Arbery as a burgalar.
According to Hogue, Arbery was in the neighborhood from October 2019 to February 20. She goes on to say in her argument that, Arbery has no friend, girlfriend, friend of a friend, or any reason for that matter, to be in the Satilla Shores subdivision at night.
The three defendants, who also include William “Roddie” Bryan, are White and face charges including malice and felony murder in the killing of Arbery after chasing and killing him in a neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020. They have pleaded not guilty.
“I thought it was very, very rude to talk about his long, dirty toenails and to totally neglect that my son had a huge hole in his chest when he was shot with that shotgun,” she saidWanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud Arbery’s Mother
The autopsy of Arbery’s body by the forensic sciences division of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, states that “the toenails are long and very dirty.”
The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Ahmaud Arbery told jurors Tuesday that he was shot twice and could have been grabbing the shotgun or pushing it away when he was killed in February 2020.
Prosecutors showed graphic photos from Arbery’s autopsy as Donoghue testified Tuesday.
Donoghue concluded Arbery died from multiple shotgun wounds to the chest, wrist and armpit. The wounds would have been fatal on their own and there was nothing first responders could have done to save Arbery’s life, he said.
Arbery was hit in the chest and suffered massive bleeding, the médica examiner testified. Travis McMichael shot Arbery three times with a shotgun.
The first shot at close range tore an artery in Arbery’s right wrist and hit his chest, breaking several ribs and causing heavy internal bleeding, said Donoghue, a medical examiner for the Georgia bureau of investigation.
The second shot missed. The third, point-blank, punctured a major artery and vein near Arbery’s left armpit and fractured bones in his shoulder and upper arm.