Man used racial slur after shooting black jogger

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Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead during a confrontation on 23 February

One of the men accused of murdering unarmed black man Ahmaud Arbery in the US state of Georgia used a racial slur after shooting him, a court has heard.

A Georgia state investigator said Travis McMichael used the slur and an expletive as Mr Arbery lay on the ground.

Mr Arbery was jogging when he was chased down by Mr McMichael and his father in Brunswick in February.

The case caused widespread outrage after footage was leaked online.

Travis and Gregory McMichael are facing murder charges. Another man, William Bryan, faces charges of murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

A rally has been taking place outside the Glynn County courthouse, where the preliminary hearing was being held, and further protests are expected.

Huge protests have been taking place across the US following the death of another unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody last month.

What did the Georgia investigator say in court?

Special Agent Richard Dial of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told the court that co-defendant William Bryan heard Travis McMichael use the slur after shooting Mr Arbery.

“Mr Bryan said that after the shooting took place before police arrival, while Mr Arbery was on the ground, that he heard Travis McMichael make the statement,” Agent Dial said.

He described how the McMichaels and Mr Bryan chased Mr Arbery in pick-up trucks as he jogged in their neighbourhood.

Mr Arbery “just enjoyed running”, Agent Dial said.

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Arbery family lawyer S Lee Merritt attended court wearing a face mask bearing the name of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis

What happened to Ahmaud Arbery?

In the moments before the fatal confrontation, the McMichaels, who are white, armed themselves with a pistol and shotgun and pursued Mr Arbery in a pickup truck in the Satilla Shores neighbourhood.

Gregory McMichael told police he believed that Mr Arbery resembled the suspect in a series of local break-ins.

Mr Bryan’s 36-second video leaked online on 5 May, generating a nationwide outcry that was swiftly followed by murder charges. It was filmed by Mr Bryan from his vehicle while he was driving behind Mr Arbery.

The clip appears to show Mr Arbery running down a tree-lined street as the McMichaels wait ahead for him in their vehicle.

A tussle follows between the younger McMichael and Mr Arbery, who falls to the ground.

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Travis McMichael (left) and Gregory McMichael (right) are accused of murder along with a third man, William Bryan

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