BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WSAV) – The federal hate crimes trial for the men convicted of Ahmaud Arbery‘s murder continued Thursday with testimony from a police officer and graphic autopsy photos shown in court.

It’s been nearly two years since the 25-year-old Arbery was shot in the Brunswick area but family members say emotions are still raw.

“I just feel bad for my family, keep seeing this devastating stuff that they did to my boy. It’s hard on our family,” said Ahmaud’s father Marcus Arbery, who left the courtroom as the autopsy photos were shown.

On Thursday, the jury saw close-ups of the gunshot wounds and gashes on Ahmaud Arbery’s face.

Glynn County Police Officer Robert Rash took the stand, describing the Satilla Shores neighborhood as “quiet, with a few petty crimes.”

According to testimony, 12 days before Arbery’s death, Travis McMichael called 911 after he saw Arbery at a house under construction. He called it a “burglary in progress,” saying there had been a string of them in the neighborhood.

Rash said Arbery was seen on surveillance footage multiple times but didn’t appear to take anything. According to testimony, a white couple was also spotted, carrying a canvas tote bag. Property owner Larry English called police because he wanted to know why people were on his property, according to Rash.

Following the incidents, Rash said he showed Greg McMichael the surveillance and asked him to call authorities if he saw the people in the videos. Rash said he never directed McMichael to pursue Arbery himself.

The officer also testified that in the year before Arbery’s death, there were no burglaries in the neighborhood. One of defense’s key arguments is that the McMichaels and neighbor Roddie Bryan pursued Arbery because they believed he committed a crime, not because of his race.

Supporters of the Arbery family believe this evidence, coupled with the autopsy photos, is strengthening the prosecution’s case that the men pursued the victim because of his race.

“The initial attempt was to do what’s called a swatting,” said Barbara Arnwine of the Transformative Justice Coalition, “when you report a Black person as having a gun or a weapon with the intent of the police coming and possibly shooting and killing that person.”

Between the prosecution and defense, there are more than 40 witnesses in total.

Thursday marked the fourth day of the trial. At the start, U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood estimated it would take seven to 12 days before a verdict was reached.