As we await the verdict for the killers of Ahmaud Arbery, Tina Lawson had a few harsh words to unload on Gregory McMichael’s defense attorney, Laura Hogue.
Hogue has made a point of villainizing Arbery, so much so that Mrs. Lawson could not hold her tongue any further.
“The defendants turned Mr Arbery into the victim when they murdered him in cold Blood. This insulting , disrespectful, evil manipulative, racist comment about someone’s loved one who is dead , that she made should get her thrown off this case and charged with reckless behavior. Since when are you breaking the law because you wear khaki shorts and no socks,” she wrote in a blistering Instagram post.
“These people feel so emboldened by the Kyle Rittenhouse case they have no limits to their ugliness. Why was she not reprimanded? His mother had to hear her son who has been murdered in the street reduced to dirty Toenails appalling !!!! Do they have no soul? !!!!!!” she adds.
Arbery was jogging on Feb. 23, 2020, when Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted him. He was fatally shot during the encounter. It took two months for the local authorities to arrest and charge his killers. They each face nine charges, including murder and aggravated assault and have pleaded not guilty.
At one point during the trial, Hogue said: “Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts, with no socks, to cover his long dirty toenails.”
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, was offended by Hogue’s descriptions of her slain son.
“She described Ahmaud as his long legs and his dirty long toenails,” she said. “That was just beyond rude. Regardless of what kind of toe nails he had, what size legs he had, that was still my son. And my son actually was running for his life in that description. I thought that was just, flat out just rude.”