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Closing arguments to begin in Ahmaud Arbery U.S. hate-crimes trial


BRUNSWICK, Ga., Feb 21 (Reuters) – With closing arguments set to begin Monday in the trial of three white men accused of federal hate crimes in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black jogger, in south Georgia, legal experts say the prosecution had a high bar to meet.

Arbery, who had been out for a run through a mostly white neighborhood in February 2020, was chased down by Travis McMichael, now 36; his father, former police officer Gregory McMichael, 66; and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52. The younger McMichael then killed Arbery with a shotgun.

The slaying, caught on cellphone video, was one of several of Black men and women — often by police — that helped reignite racial justice protests in recent years.

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