Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski on Wednesday talked with CNN's Jim Acosta about her successful prosecution of Ahmaud Arbery's murderers, and she described how her strategy revolved around attacking the idea that Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan were acting in self-defense.
"I wanted to make sure that the jury understood that the self-defense case was absolute garbage, that is not what took place and I was doing my best in the moment to dismantle it," she explained, before adding that she wasn't sure how successful she was until after the verdict was rendered.
During the trial, the defense tried to argue that the three defendants were attempting to make a "citizens arrest" of Arbery while he was in their neighborhood.
However, under cross examination, they admitted that they didn't witness Arbery committing any crimes and did not even inform Arbery that they were attempting a citizens arrest.
Duninkoski also criticized defense attorney Laura Hogue's decision to invoke Arbery's physical appearance to paint him as a potential threat to the community, including her description of Arbery as wearing "khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails."
"I was surprised," she said. "And I looked at Ms. Hogue when she did that and I couldn't believe she said it. So I'm sure the jurors, some of them must have had the same reaction."
Watch the video below.
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