Late last week, attorney Jason Sheffield said he expected the defense to call 30 witnesses, with testimony stretching into early next week.
Defense attorneys have said their clients were trying to conduct a lawful citizen’s arrest of Arbery, whom they suspected of burglary, while Arbery’s family say he had been jogging in the area before the shooting.
Race has played a role both inside and outside the courtroom, not only regarding those on trial — the three defendants are White while Arbery is Black — but in the proceedings surrounding the trial, with defense attorneys objecting to Black pastors sitting in the gallery.
Forensic pathologist on Tuesday: Nothing could have been done to save Arbery on scene
Prosecutors rested their case following eight days of testimony and 23 witnesses.
Though three shots were fired, only the first and third struck Arbery, Donoghue testified. The first not only grazed his right wrist — hitting an artery and causing severe bleeding — but also struck his center chest, breaking ribs and filling his chest cavity with blood, he said.
The third shot struck his left chest and armpit, hitting his axillary vein and axillary artery and paralyzing his left arm, Donoghue testified.
While a tourniquet could have remedied the wrist injury, nothing could have been done on the scene to save Arbery’s life after either of the torso wounds, Donoghue said.
Thirteen shotgun pellets exited Arbery’s back, and 11 more were recovered from his wounds, the report says.
Without the jury present on Tuesday, Bryan testified about the conditions of where he has been held since he was arrested last year, as part of his defense’s reconsideration motion regarding a speedy trial. Bryan said he was being held at a protective unit at the jail with limited access to showers and outside recreation and that he has been living in fear due to the pandemic.
The judge denied the motion.
Contentious objections from defense over Black pastors’ attendance
Attention at times during the trial has focused on an area distinctly out of the ordinary from many murder trials: the public gallery.
Gough on Tuesday filed a motion asking the court to keep a record of who appears in the courtroom, in case any of the three defendants are convicted and an appeal is filed. Gough also asked the court to “take proactive measures” to make sure the presence of people in the gallery do not violate his client’s rights.
The judge denied the motion, saying the court is not going to single out any particular individual or group of people, or restrict members of the public from attending court, as long as no one presents a distraction.
Prominent Black pastor and social activist the Rev. William J. Barber II, who was in Brunswick last week, said he left a member of his organization there to be with Arbery’s family and called Sharpton to have more ministers come down in the coming days.
CNN’s Travis Caldwell, Jason Hanna, Jason Morris, Pamela Kirkland, Christina Maxouris and Delano Massey contributed to this report.