Before Travis McMichael took his defense Thursday morning, defense attorneys raised several issues with the judge.
Here is what happened :
Kevin Gough, lawyer for William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., one of the co-defendants in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial, told the court that his client would not testify in his own defense.
“Sir. Bryan does not intend to testify at the trial of this case. If the state wants Mr. Bryan’s testimony, it can dismiss the indictment in this case against him with prejudice as to all. the charges, then there would be something to talk about, ”Gough said.
Lawyers for Travis McMichael have also asked the court to prevent the state from questioning Travis McMichael about a racial epithet he allegedly used after Arbery was shot. The epithet was disclosed by the GBI’s lead investigator during a preliminary hearing.
“We don’t think it’s appropriate to ask this question at this point. Since this is not the case, there is no admissible evidence of this epithet, ”said Robert (Bob) Rubin, one of Travis McMichael’s attorneys.
Judge Timothy Walmsley has said he will review the cases provided by lawyers and render a decision before Travis McMichael’s testimony is completed.
In another attempt to keep Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson out of the courtroom, Gough filed a third motion to “prohibit any other conduct that might intimidate or influence jurors” on behalf of his client. To persuade the court to ban the couple, Gough shared a case from 1990, where Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan was kicked out of the public forum of a trial.
Walmsley denied the request, saying he had already ruled on it and the court was not going to address the issue, noting that the two ministers were not in the courtroom at the time.
Jackson entered the courtroom shortly before 10 a.m. ET, sitting next to Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, according to a reporter from the pool in the courtroom.
State cross-examination of Travis McMichael continued after the discussion.
In the courthouse overflow room, those in the room wore shirts with the inscription “I support black pastors,” said a reporter from the pool inside the courthouse.
A large rally and march in support of the Arbery family are expected later today.