Ahmaud Arbery’s family say they found hope following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial. Defense attorneys see it the same way.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Ahmaud Arbery’s family say they found hope after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, and defense lawyers agree, but believe the verdict will be in their client’s favor.
In southeast Georgia, Arbery’s family and lawyers breathed a sigh of relief after the verdict.
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Marcus Arbery Sr., Ahmaud Arbery’s father, says his confidence in the judicial system increased after the verdict.
“I really had doubts, I’m being honest with you for being like that [the criminal justice system] have made African American for so long, “said Arbery Sr.
Attorney Lee Merritt, who represents Arbery’s mother, followed the trial in person last week and was also relieved by the verdict.
He hopes for a similar outcome once the men accused of killing Arbery are brought to justice, but admits that investigating each death made a big difference.
“We hope that when we get to the trial, the first sloppy investigation and mistakes there won’t come back to bite the prosecutors,” Merritt said.
“The Minnesota community responded to the murder of George Floyd with a serious investigation from day one. The South Georgia church has not had such a serious investigation. It took the GBI 45 days to get involved, ”said Merritt.
All three men charged in the Arbery case have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face.
Jason Sheffield and Bob Rubin, attorneys for Travis McMichael, sent First Coast News a statement responding to Chauvin’s verdict, saying:
“We believe the jury’s verdict in the Chauvin case is fully supported by the evidence presented in the courtroom, and not by what the media or social movement represented. We trust and expect that in our case the jury will also decide the case on the basis of all the evidence presented and not on the basis of the inaccuracies in mainstream and social media. If they do, we’re confident that Travis [McMichael] is acquitted. “
Arbery’s father is confident that won’t happen.
“I’m very comfortable right now, it looks like he’s getting some justice because of the [Chauvin] The case was handled really professionally, ”said Arbery Sr.
The men charged with Arbery’s death will soon be on trial again.
A hearing is scheduled on May 12th and 13th to discuss several motions from defense lawyers.
A trial date has not been set, but the state of Georgia has allowed the retrial of lawsuits that were suspended due to the pandemic.