Ahmaud Arbery trial: Defense accused of 'racism and bigotry' for 'toenails' comment in closing arguments

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A lawyer for one of the three White men accused of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery came under fire Monday for highlighting the slain man's "dirty toenails" in her closing argument.

"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," Laura Hogue told the panel, referring to a description from the autopsy report.

The comment prompted Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones to exclaim "Wow!" and exit the  Glynn County courtroom in Georgia.

The statement drew swift backlash on social media. Attorney Areva Martin, who is not involved in the case, tweeted, "she made it personal and clearly intentionally trying to play on historical racial tropes."

Another attorney, Qasim Rashid, also not connected to the case, wrote in a tweet, "Disgusting racism & bigotry."

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