Lawyers for one of the defendants in the trial of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery have asked prosecutors for a plea deal, Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt told CBS News. Merritt said the prosecution “turned it down — flat out.”

The request came from attorneys for William “Roddie” Bryan — the man who admitted to pursuing and boxing in Arbery with his vehicle and filmed the fatal shooting in Brunswick, Georgia last year, Merritt said.

Merritt told CBS News he believes the request means Bryan is “concerned about the strength of the state’s case.”

Bryan is on trial alongside Travis McMichael, and his father, Gregory McMichael.

“He’s as culpable as the other two,” Merritt said of Bryan.

Defendant William

Defendant William

All three are charged with murder and other counts for the death of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging in the Georgia neighborhood in February 2020, The three defendants, who are all White, have separately been charged by the Justice Department with federal hate crimes. They have pleaded not guilty and claim they were acting in self-defense.

The defense has rested its case. The judge told the jury they were free to go until Monday morning, when closing arguments are expected to begin.

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