Prosecutor: Defendants in Arbery Case Can’t Use Self-Defense

The prosecution gets the final word because it carries the burden of proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Dozens of Black Lives Matter and Black Panther protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse where the trial of Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan is held, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. The three men charged with the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery had no right to claim self-defense because they were the ones who provoked a confrontation with the 25-year-old Black man while he was running in his neighborhood, a prosecutor told jurors in her final closing arguments on Nov. 23, 2021. “You can’t claim self-defense if you are the unjustified aggressor,” Linda Dunikoski said. “Who started this? It wasn’t Ahmaud Arbery.”…

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