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Ahmaud Arbery: White man ‘used racial slur’ after shooting black jogger

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Ahmaud Arbery: White man ‘used racial slur’ after shooting black jogger

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Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead during a confrontation on 23 February

One of the men accused of murdering unarmed black man Ahmaud Arbery in the US state of Georgia used a racial slur after shooting him, a court has heard.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said Travis McMichael used the slur while Mr Arbery was on the ground.

Mr Arbery was jogging when he was chased down by Travis McMichael and his father Gregory in Brunswick on 23 February.

The case caused widespread outrage after footage was leaked online.

The McMichaels are facing murder charges. Another man, William Bryan, faces charges of murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

What did the Georgia investigator say in court?

Special Agent Richard Dial of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told the court in the preliminary hearing that co-defendant William Bryan heard Travis McMichael use the slur after shooting Mr Arbery.

“Mr Bryan said that after the shooting took place before police arrival, while Mr Arbery was on the ground, that he heard Travis McMichael make the statement,” Agent Dial said.

Agent Dial described how the McMichaels and Mr Bryan chased Mr Arbery in pick-up trucks as he jogged in their neighbourhood.

Mr Arbery “just enjoyed running”, Agent Dial said.

What happened to Ahmaud Arbery?

In the moments before the fatal confrontation, the McMichaels, who are white, armed themselves with a pistol and shotgun and pursued Mr Arbery in a pickup truck in the Satilla Shores neighbourhood.

Gregory McMichael told police he believed that Mr Arbery resembled the suspect in a series of local break-ins.

Mr Bryan’s 36-second video leaked online on 5 May, generating a nationwide outcry that was swiftly followed by murder charges. It was filmed by Mr Bryan from his vehicle while he was driving behind Mr Arbery.

The clip appears to show Mr Arbery running down a tree-lined street as the McMichaels wait ahead for him in their vehicle.

A tussle follows and the younger Mr McMichael appears to fire a gun at point blank range at Mr Arbery, who falls to the ground.

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