Trial updates, opening statements begin in Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Opening statements were set for Friday in the murder trial of three white men accused of killing Black 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in this small coastal Georgia town early last year.

Jurors were ordered to report by 9 a.m. EDT Friday. The predominantly white jury – only one person of color was seated – was finalized this week even after Judge Timothy Walmsley acknowledged “intentional discrimination” in the jury selection process.

Outside the courthouse early Friday, a small group of faith leaders gathered to pray and sing. The Rev. John Perry urged the community to remain unified despite the outrage over the lack of racial diversity on the jury.

“We’ve heard the shock we’ve heard the disappointment,” he said. “We want to encourage you to keep the faith and to continue to walk in a spirit of unity.”

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