Ahmaud Arbery’s family reflects on trial progress

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The third week of the murder trial for the death of Ahmaud Arbery continues in Brunswick.

Jury selection is almost complete, and opening statements are expected at some point in the next few days.

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Now, the family of Arbery says they are looking forward to hearing the statements this week.

“We ain’t going to go backwards. We gonna go forwards.”

That was the response of Diane Jackson, Arbery’s aunt, to finding out one of the accepted potential jurors had been retroactively struck.

The family was disappointed when an approved potential juror was cut today, bringing the number of approved jurors back to 10.

“It’s hard. It’s hard,” Jackson said.

The family was hoping jury selection would have ended by now, but say they’d rather have it done well than done quickly. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said the entire process has felt long.

“I still remain hopeful. It’s been a long two weeks. I think we are getting closer to the number that we need to proceed with the trial, so I’m thankful for that as well.”

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