Arbery Trial: Defense expressing concern of long jury selection process

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BySean Evans

Published:Oct. 27, 2021 at 4:34 PM EDT

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - In the seventh day of jury selection in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial, a little less than half the potential jury pool is full.

Attorneys want to fill 64 potential juror slots total before choosing the final jury. Right now 36 of those slots are full.

As of right now, it’s a pretty even split between men and women, 19 qualified jurors are women and 17 are men.

Of those that we were able to get specific racial info on, it appears at least 22 qualified potential jurors are white and 10 are black. Groups of jurors have been qualified on five of the days so far. Only four potential jurors were qualified Tuesday.

This slow pace is a concern defense attorneys brought up in the courtroom Wednesday. One said he believes word is spreading around the community about how long it’s taking and people are trying to avoid getting picked.

“Far be it for me, because I’m not in your shoes, to judge on all the competing factors. But I’m just going to suggest for what it’s worth, that we’re going to have a revolt from the jury pool if we don’t find a way to deal with them more expeditiously. And that’s all I have to say,” said Kevin Gough, William “Roddie” Bryan’s attorney.

Judge Walmsley said he apologized if those summoned feel the jury selection process is taking too much of their time.

He added the hope is they see the bigger picture and respect the process.

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