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Once 12 jurors and four alternates are picked, the trial is expected to take seven to 12 days, U.S. District Judge Lisa Wood has said.

AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementProsecutors in the state trial strongly suggested that the three defendants — all of whom are White — racially profiled Arbery as he ran through Satilla Shores, their neighborhood in coastal Georgia.

But the federal trial, in which the defendants are accused of interfering with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race, will directly confront the question of racist motives for the first time.

The McMichaels argued in their state trial that they suspected Arbery because he was seen several times at a home under construction.

It is not uncommon for prospective jurors in hate-crimes trials to “walk in skeptical of hate crimes generally,” said Stephen S. Gilson, a former federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania.

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