This past Wednesday afternoon, the person who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery this past year was called to the stand on the ninth day of his own murder trial, which was a day after the prosecution finally rested its case.
“I wanted to get my side of the story. I wanted to explain what happened and say what happened from the way I see it,” stated Travis McMichael to the court, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“McMichael told defense attorneys he moved into the neighborhood in 2018 and grew concerned about car break-ins, thefts and ‘suspicious persons,'” USA Today reported concerning the trial. “McMichael said he would often discuss crime with neighbors, some of whom began installing surveillance cameras on their houses, and his family, including father Greg McMichael, who is also facing murder charges in Arbery’s death.”
The father of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, stated to police at the time of the shooting that he and his son had gone in pursuit of a man he thought to be a suspect in a burglary. The father also stated to the police that the pair followed Arbery once they had grabbed weapons and that William “Roddie” Bryan, their neighbor, also joined in on the chase at a later point.
After another run-in with Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael, Arbery was fatally shot. Bryan was in a vehicle behind Arbery just before the shooting and is the person who was able to take the video of the fatal altercation. Footage of the incident that would later go viral across many social media platforms when it was leaked to a radio station by one attorney who had had a consultation with one of the suspects in an entirely informal sense.
The attorney in question, Alan Tucker, stated he was trying to get rid of rumors about the incident. “It wasn’t two men with a Confederate flag in the back of a truck going down the road and shooting a jogger in the back,” he claimed.
“It got the truth out there as to what you could see,” added the attorney. “My purpose was not to exonerate them or convict them.”
As of writing, the three men in question have been slammed with charges of murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment and could see a life sentence in prison if convicted.