Photos of Ahmaud Arbery’s gruesome gunshot wounds were shown to jurors Tuesday in the racially charged murder trial of three white men.
Meanwhile, the first police officer to arrive to the scene testified that he did not offer medical assistance to Arbery because he lacked the proper training and equipment and worried about his safety.
Jurors could be seen squirming as Glynn County police Sgt. Sheila Ramos showed them photos she took of Arbery’s body lying in the street under a bloodstained covering an hour after the shooting, the AP reported.
The pictures also showed closeup views of the gunshot wounds to Arbery’s wrist as well as injuries to his chest and arm.
The Georgia slaying was among the high-profile killings of black men that spurred nationwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations during the summer of 2020.
The jury itself has been the subject of controversy after defense attorneys struck down 11 out of 12 black potential jurors, leaving just one black juror and 11 white jurors to reach a verdict.
Arbery was chased and shot Feb. 23, 2020, after he was spotted running in a neighborhood just outside the port city of Brunswick.
The first officer at the scene, Ricky Minshew, testified on Tuesday that he did not offer medical assistance despite arriving about a minute after gunshots sounded to find Arbery lying facedown in the street with blood pooling around him.
Minshew testified he heard Arbery make a noise he described as a “death rattle” and radioed for 911 operators to send emergency medical responders, but said he did not have the training or equipment to treat such serious injuries.
“Without having any other police units to have my back, there was no way I could switch to do anything medical and still watch after my own safety,” Minshew said.
Greg McMichael, 65, his son Travis, 35, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, are charged with murder and other felony offenses after spotting Arbery, 25, running through their neighborhood.
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and drove a pickup truck to pursue Arbery, while Bryan joined the chase and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery in the street at close range.
No arrests were made for more than two months until the video of the killing leaked online, sparking an outcry amid a national reckoning over racial injustice.
Arbery’s mother broke down in court on Friday while she watched the video of her son’s slaying for the first time, as prosecutors argued that the men accused of the crime acted on unfounded “assumptions” about him.