Attorneys for three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery offer a surprising defence

Ahmaud Arbery
Ahmaud Arbery

source: CBS News
published: 10 October 2020

The viral video of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery being chased and shot dead in Brunswick, Georgia, captured the attention of the nation. Now, as three White men — former law enforcement officer Gregory McMichael, his son Travis and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan — stand accused of killing Arbery, the prosecutor and the defense attorneys sit down with “48 Hours” and CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca for their first in-depth network television interviews.

The shooting death of Arbery, aged 25, is a story about a mother’s relentless pursuit for the truth of what happened to her son. It’s also a case that has raised questions about race and racism, and whether local authorities had tried to quash the initial investigation.

We know his name because of those last horrifying seconds of Ahmaud Arbery’s life captured on video. But few of us knew him — a young man who was loved by many. His mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones — a woman of quiet strength — made a promise to her son.

Wanda Cooper-Jones: “Don’t worry, son, I promised you the day that I laid you to rest that I will get answers, and I will get justice.”

Omar Villafranca: What do you think he would tell you?

Wanda Cooper-Jones: “Ma, I know you got my back.”

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