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The killing of Ahmaud Arbery, live updates: Trial continues following emotional day in court

Action News Jax will follow the court case regarding the murder of Ahmaud Arbery on air and will provide live updates online.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The trial for three men charged with felony murder in the 2020 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery is underway at the Glynn County courthouse.

Action News Jax will follow the court case on air and will provide live updates below.

Tuesday, Nov. 9:

The trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery continues It’s scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. . Click the above video player to watch live.

Monday, Nov. 8

Jurors heard key witness testimony and viewed crucial evidence, including some images many in the courtroom found graphic.

Action News Jax’s Kristen Rary has been in the courtroom throughout the trial and has seen how the jury, and Arbery’s family members, are reacting.

Some of the video being shown is really intense and graphic -- jurors have been shaking their heads and taking notes, while some watching from the gallery have had to excuse themselves.

On Monday, attorneys questioned Glynn County Police Department Officer Ricky Minshew on what he witnessed that day and what led to his decision making.

Body camera video from moments after Arbery was shot show the 25-year-old laying in a pool of blood, struggling to breathe.

Minshew responded to the shots he heard less than a minute before. When he arrived, Arbery was down on the ground and bleeding. A big question for attorneys and Arbery’s family: Why didn’t Minshew help?

“I didn’t really understand why he didn’t render aid. I understand he had to secure the crime scene, but at the same time he had a guy laying in the middle of the road in a puddle of blood,” Wanda Cooper Jones, Arbery’s mother, said.

Minshew explained it wouldn’t have been safe.

Attorney: “Seeing that, did you attempt any CPR or anything like that? On the deceased male?”

Minshew: “I did not, no.”

Attorney: “Why not?”

Minshew: “Well when I got there I did not know any of the people or any of the facts or circumstances to what had happened. Only thing I knew that I observed was a body laying in the middle of the road with a man who had just bled out and it was by apparent gunfire. So being that I was the only officer on scene, without having any of the police units to watch my back, there was no way that I could switch my attention to anything medical.”

He explained although Arbery was making noise and occasionally twitching, he did not believe he had the training or tools to help. He added he believed the noises Arbery made were not voluntary.

Minshew: “When the brain doesn’t have any oxygen it’s a natural reaction for the body.”

Attorney: “So it’s not a sign of consciousness as you understand it?

Minshew: “Correct.”

Attorney: “It’s not a sign of the brain being intact and forming and making decisions.”

Minshew: “That’s how it appeared, yes.”

Cooper Jones called it “very disturbing.”

“He arrived on the scene and he saw a man in the road and he also saw people, two other guys that were standing there … I hadn’t really put it all together what he was thinking, I really don’t make a lot of sense at this time,” she said.

Minshew was questioned for more than five hours before another first responder took the stand and even more body camera and dash camera footage was played. It was an emotional day for everyone in court.

Friday, Nov. 5

The jury heard opening statements from the state, as well as opening statements from the lawyers for Travis and Greg McMichael.

William “Roddie” Bryan’s lawyer said he would like to wait until the state rests its case to deliver his opening statements. Judge Timothy Walmsley reviewed the rules and granted the request.

The state then called its first witness to the stand, Glynn County Police Officer William Duggen.

Duggen was one of the first officers to arrive on scene the day Arbery was killed and his body camera video from that day was presented as evidence.

Prior to Duggen taking the stand, Walmsley warned those in the room if they would be disturbed by the video, they should step out of the courtroom.

The video, which showed Arbery’s body on the ground, was played just after Duggen recalled the events of that day.

The court session concluded just after 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

The family of Ahmaud Arbery spoke out after its conclusion, saying, “We’ve enjoyed the continuous support of the Glynn County community, the national community and the international community right now during this very difficult trial and process that is going to be more important than ever.”

Court will resume on Monday at 9 a.m.

Action News Jax will have LIVE coverage on CBS47/FOX30.

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Ahmaud Arbery Georgia Trial Former Glynn County Police Officer Ricky Minshew points out defendant Travis McMichael during the trial for the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 in Brunswick, Ga. Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, are charged with the February 2021 death of 25-year-old Arbery. (Sean Rayford/Pool Photo via AP) (Sean Rayford)

BACKGROUND ON THE CASE

The killing of Arbery sparked national attention following the leak of a graphic video online that showed his final moments.

The 25-year-old was out for a run in the Satilla Shores neighborhood when he was chased by three men and shot and killed on Feb. 23, 2020.

The three men, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan, were arrested months later following an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation not only into the shooting, but how prosecutors Tom Durden and Jackie Johnson in southeast Georgia handled the case.

Now they are on trial for felony murder. The father and son duo confronted Arbery about recent trespassing and burglary incidents in the neighborhood and shot and killed him in the street. Bryan trailed them in his vehicle and recorded Arbery’s shooting death.

After nearly three weeks of trying to narrow down an impartial jury, the 12 seated jurors have been selected. The final selection includes 11 white people and one Black person.

RELATED: What we know so far about the makeup of the jury

Ahmaud Arbery Georgia Trial FILE - This combination of booking photos provided by the Glynn County, Ga., Detention Center, shows, from left, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, a Georgia judge has ruled that Ahmaud Arbery's mental health records can't be used as trial evidence by the men who chased and killed him. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File) (Uncredited)

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