Travis McMichael, the Georgia man accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery last February, testified on his behalf Wednesday.
“I wanted to give that side of the story, explain what happened the way I see it,” McMichael said in the stands.
McMichael, his father Gregory, and William “Roddie” Bryan face multiple charges after allegedly chasing and ultimately killing Arbery, who is known to have been jogging in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, on the afternoon of February 23, 2020. Travis McMichael was caught on a video shot by Bryan firing fatal shots.
The young McMichael was the first defense witness to testify for the trio, all of whom allege they were attempting to effect the arrest of a citizen against Arbery in connection with suspected break-ins in the area. On the ground, McMichael stressed that crime in the Satilla Shores has become a “regular thing” and that the whole surrounding area has been affected.
According to the police report, Gregory McMichael was on his front yard on February 23, 2020, when he saw Arbery “leading his ass” after leaving a house under construction. Elder McMichael told police after the incident he believed Arbery was the culprit of recent break-ins in the area and went into his home to tell his son and retrieve the .357 Magnum his.
“Travis, the guy running down the street, let’s go,” Gregory said, according to the police report, which also states that Travis grabbed his shotgun. McMichaels later said they arm themselves because they “didn’t know if the male was armed.”
Authorities say the father and son boarded a pickup truck and chased Arbery, but were unsuccessful in slashing him. At the time, their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, later joined the chase in his own truck and began documenting the encounter.
During the chase, Gregory McMichael told police he yelled at Arbery, “Stop, stop, we want to talk to you” before finally pulling up beside him. His son then got out of the car. According to McMichaels, Arbery “started violently assaulting Travis and the two then began fighting over the shotgun, where Travis fired one shot and then a second later fired a second.”
Senior Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski said in opening statements that during the chase, Gregory McMichael also shouted, “Stop, or I’ll blow your damn head off” at Arbery.
Bryan’s now infamous footage shows Arbery was shot in the chest. The footage also shows that while Travis McMichael and Arbery scuffled, Arbery was shot two more times.
A medical examiner concluded that Arbery suffered multiple shots at very close range – including chest and wrist.
Prosecutors allege that Glynn County police officers arrived at the scene minutes after the shooting, at which point Gregory McMichael insisted his son “had no choice,” but to shoot Arbery. , seems to be establishing the defense that his son is invoking his rights. shooting under the so-called state Stand your ground The law allows Georgians to use deadly force if they believe they are in danger of injury or death.
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