State Attorney Brad Leventhal made his closing arguments at the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Superior Court on Monday.
During the trial, Mr. Leventhal has argued that Garic “Garrett” Cousins, 31, and William “Dirty Willy” Andrade, 31, murdered the mother of their children in 2001, and she was killed to terrorize the community. He claims the pair, as well as another man named Charles Williams, and even other teenagers, cut into her car and pulled out several male body parts for her to discover in January of 2001 in Wheeling, West Virginia.
During his closing, Mr. Leventhal continued to stick to his closing argument. He urged the jury to find Mr. Cousins and Mr. Andrade guilty of the charges for which they stand trial.
Though Mr. Cousins told the police that the two others killed the victim, according to Mr. Leventhal, he didn’t provide crucial information and instead spent a great deal of time denying his participation in the murder.
Mr. Leventhal’s approach centers on some bits of evidence found at the scene of the murder: a knife with the woman’s DNA and hair on it, and a basket with human body parts and other items in it which detectives found at the men’s home. Mr. Leventhal told the jury to see the evidence for themselves and not to trust the defendant’s evidence that he did not kill his former girlfriend.
“Never before in your life have you seen a biological body that really jumps out and shows everything,” he said.
The prosecutor’s arguments did not seem to sway the jury who has been deliberating the case since Saturday. The deliberation appears to be going slowly and the jury was not indicating that it has decided on any verdict late Monday.
The homicide was first reported on January 27, 2001. Immediately, there was concern that the incident occurred in West Virginia, not Delaware. On January 30, the four suspects were arrested in a police chase that took them over a bridge into Pennsylvania. All the suspects have pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms. Arbery and disposing of her body.
The first indication that her remains may be in West Virginia came in 2002, when police finally determined that Ms. Arbery’s hand and foot were discovered in the woods.
The body parts were found near the Foxhole, where her body had been dropped in the snow as evidence. Investigators found DNA in the area that matched Mr. Arbery.
Ms. Arbery was twenty-nine when she was killed and she had two children at the time of her death.
“I want these guys off the streets because they killed her,” said one of her friends from the New Year’s Eve party.
Several years ago, News 4 was able to speak with her friend and father of her son, Dr. Lionel Joseph, who describes Ms. Arbery as an “amazing person.” He said her absence caused him many problems.
“She was a young mother with two young children and her boyfriend was out of work,” he said. “Without all that, she would have been a wonderful person to live with and I was truly lost without her.”