Jury selection for the trial of Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan, the three men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, began in Georgia on Monday (Oct. 18) and is expected to last at least two weeks, according to prosecutors. Hundreds of possible jurors showed up at the Glynn County courtroom on Monday, according to ABC News, however officials expect it to take some time to find those who haven’t already formed an opinion on the case.
Marcus Arbery Sr., speaking to the media on Monday, expressed his hope for an impartial jury and a fair trial.
He stated, “It’s 2021, and it’s time for a change.” “As human beings, we need to be treated equally and receive fair justice because we’ve been treated unfairly for so long.”
A three-page questionnaire was apparently mailed to potential jurors, asking them what they already knew about the case. In the next days, the pool of potential jurors will face more questions from both defense and prosecution attorneys until a jury of 12 persons, plus four alternates are chosen.
The trial will be able to begin after the jury is chosen, and Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald Adams expects it to last over two weeks.
According to REVOLT, Arbery’s family held a rally on Saturday (Oct. 16) that drew around 100 individuals. Supporters rode through the neighborhood where the 25-year-old jogger was pursued and fatally shot by Greg and Travis, as well as their neighbor Bryan.
Malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment are among the charges leveled against the three men.
Greg, Travis, and Bryan are also facing federal charges, including attempted kidnapping and one count of interference with rights, which is a hate crime. The McMichaels were additionally charged with employing a firearm during a violent crime by the federal government. The federal allegations against the three men will be tried on February 7, 2022.