Jury sees chilling forensic evidence at B.J. Arbery’s murder trial

The jury that will decide whether Roy “B.J.” Arbery is guilty of murdering his father, Robert Arbery, was given a stark and contrasting portrait of the defendant on Thursday. The defense opened with a…

Jury sees chilling forensic evidence at B.J. Arbery’s murder trial

The jury that will decide whether Roy “B.J.” Arbery is guilty of murdering his father, Robert Arbery, was given a stark and contrasting portrait of the defendant on Thursday.

The defense opened with a video projection of the daughter of Arbery’s mother speaking lovingly about her father. Later, the prosecutor reminded the jury of Jennifer Arbery’s picture-perfect description of her father on her television.

On Thursday morning, Jennifer Arbery would bring the courtroom to its feet by telling jurors that her father was “a sensitive, intelligent, caring and loving man” who, two days before his death, posted a kiss on a Bible he received during a two-day spiritual retreat.

“The world lost a loving father, a devoted son, and a much-loved son-in-law,” Jennifer Arbery said in a courtroom at the Brooklyn Supreme Court.

At some point, Jennifer Arbery turned to face Roy Arbery and screamed at him.

Defense attorneys, meanwhile, highlighted certain inconsistencies between Jennifer Arbery’s description of her father and those given by his son. Jennifer Arbery said her father gave her “vibrations” that she could sense physically, but Roy Arbery’s son said it was post-arrest anxiety that led to such a presence.

“Jennifer should not have been called as a witness, because she can’t stand Roy Arbery,” said Patrick J. O’Connor, one of Arbery’s attorneys.

Justice Lois Goodman told the lawyers that she felt the victim-impact statements are “the best way to guide the jury.”

The prosecution played a forensic video of the murder scene and photographed an autopsy photo, projected on a screen. The scene was so graphic that the video was eventually turned off.

The trial resumes on Monday.

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