A jury of 11 white jurors and one black juror will soon continue deliberations on the charges against Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and co-defendant William “Rudy” Brian Jr., the three men accused of stalking and killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.
There are nine white women, two white men, and a black man serving as the primary jury, with two white women and a white man serving as alternate jurors, according to a CNN analysis of jury data.
The 12-member jury and three alternates were selected after a lengthy two-and-a-half week jury selection process that involved summoning 1,000 potential jurors from the coastal community of South Georgia.
The population of Glenn County in Georgia is approximately 70% white and 27% black according to information from the US Census Bureau.
The composition of the jury was challenged by the state at the conclusion of the jury selection process. Lead prosecutor Linda Donikowski alleged that defense attorneys disproportionately beat qualified black jurors and based some of their strikes on race.
The judge overseeing the case said, “This court has found that there appears to be intentional discrimination,” but ruled that the case could proceed with the selected jurors because the defense was able to provide valid reasons, beyond race, as to why other black jurors were dismissed.