The shotgun caused a gaping hole in Arbery’s chest, bleeding to death

The shotgun shots that hit Ahmaud Arbery pierced a gaping hole in his chest and triggered massive bleeding

BRUNSWICK, Georgia – The shotgun shots that hit Ahmaud Arbery pierced a gaping hole in his chest and triggered massive bleeding, a medical examiner said on Tuesday as jurors saw autopsy photos showing the T-shirt Arbery white completely stained with red.

Testifying at the murder trial of the three white men who chased Arbery, Dr Edmund Donoghue said Arbery was hit by two of the three shotgun shells fired at him. He said the two shots caused such severe bleeding that either of the explosions alone would have killed the 25-year-old black man.

The first point-blank shot passed through an artery in Arbery’s right wrist and pierced a large hole in the center of his chest, shattering several ribs and causing profuse internal bleeding, said Donoghue, a medical examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The second shot went completely wrong, while the third shot from close range tore a major artery and vein near his left armpit and fractured the bones in his shoulder and upper arm.

“Is there anything that the police or the EMS could have done to save his life on the scene?”, Asked the prosecutor Linda Dunikoski to the medical examiner.

” I do not think so. No, ”Donoghue replied.

Donoghue performed an autopsy on February 24, 2020, the day after Arbery’s murder. The jury saw close-up photos of his injuries, which included several large grazes on Arbery’s face when he fell face down on the street after the third shot. Pictures of his clothes showed his T-shirt completely stained in red. Video of the cell phone shooting shows that she was white.

Asked by Dunikoski how Arbery was able to defend himself after suffering such a severe chest injury from the first shot, the medical examiner called it a “fight or flight response” which increased his frequency. heart rate and blood pressure while sending adrenaline through his body. He said that in the end, Arbery would have bled to death from the only initial injury to his chest.

The testimony came a day after the judge refused to declare the trial overturned over defense allegations jurors were corrupted when Arbery’s mother cried over an evidence photo, which drew the Attention to the presence of Reverend Jesse Jackson, who was seated next to her in the courtroom. public gallery.

Defense lawyer Kevin Gough on Monday asked the judge to remove the civil rights leader to avoid unfairly influencing the jury. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley refused and called Gough’s complaints “reprehensible” last week that the defense lawyer “no longer wanted black pastors to come here.”

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and chased Arbery in a van after spotting him running around their neighborhood. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase and filmed Travis McMichael on his cell phone shooting Arbery. The three men are charged with murder and other crimes.

The McMichaels told police they chased Arbery on suspicion of being a burglar after security cameras recorded him several times inside a house under construction, five houses away. Defense attorneys claim young McMichael fired his gun in self-defense after Arbery attempted to take it from him.

Prosecutors said they pursued Arbery for five minutes to prevent him from leaving the Satilla Shores subdivision outside the port city of Brunswick. The chase ended when Arbery, followed by Bryan’s truck, attempted to get around the McMichaels’ truck as it idled on the road ahead. The video shows Travis McMichael confronting Arbery, then shooting him as he throws punches and clings to the gun.

Robert Rubin, one of Travis McMichael’s attorneys, noted that the medical examiner wrote in his report that Arbery died from injuries “sustained during a fight for a shotgun.”

“Did you know Mr. Arbery had his hand on the gun?” Rubin asked Donogue, who replied that he was.

Despite the shot to the right wrist, Rubin said, “nothing stopped Mr. Arbery from holding the gun with one hand and swinging and punching with the other hand.”

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