The jury in the trial of three men for Ahmed Arbery’s death consisted of 11 white people and a black person, but prosecutors told CNN that they felt that when the jury heard their arguments, they would make the decision to find all three guilty, which they did. .
“I was hopeful based on the evidence we presented in the case, as we presented that the jury would see the truth about what actually happened and bring justice to the Arbery family,” said Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski. “After we elected the jury, we looked at them and realized that we had very, very wise, very intelligent, honest jurors who would do their job, which is to seek the truth. And then we felt that when we present our case, no matter if they were black or white, that if we present our case that this jury would hear the truth, they would see the evidence and that they would do the right thing and come back with the correct verdict, as we felt they did today. “
A main goal for prosecutors Paul Camarillo, Cobb County senior assistant district attorney, said was simply to show that the defendant’s claim of self-defense was simply not a valid argument.
“We had to show that it did not apply in this case, and if they could not get past that obstacle, they could never get into self-defense,” Camarillo said.
Larissa Ollivierre, Cobb County Assistant District Attorney, said she felt bad about Arbery’s parents when a defense attorney started talking about Arbery’s toenails.
“I think the comments were unnecessary and they were low. And I just feel bad that Ahmad’s mother, father and had to sit there and listen to all those things,” Ollivierre said.
Dunikoski said defense attorney Kevin Gough’s comments about black priests – even if they were made without the jury present – were strategic.
“Mr Gough is a very, very good lawyer, and he, in my opinion, purposefully and deliberately and strategically did what he did in an attempt to try to insert a potential error in the case, if he lost the case, and the was appealed. “she said