‘I just killed a man’: defendant who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, witnesses | Ahmaud Arbery

Testimony was resumed at the trial of the men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, resumed in Brunswick, Georgia, on Thursday, when pastor Al Sharpton planned to return to a meeting with a large group of black ministers.

Last week, a defense attorney exacerbated frustrations in Georgia’s coastal community when he said he did not want “more black priests” to sit in Glynn County courtroom with Arbery’s family.

Attorney Kevin Gough asked the judge to remove Sharpton, saying the civil rights activist was trying to influence the jury, which is disproportionately white. The judge denied and later called Gough’s remarks “reprehensible”.

Pastor Jesse Jackson rejoined Arbery’s family in the courtroom on Thursday.

The man who fatally shot Arbery on February 23, 2020, testified Thursday that the 25-year-old black man’s behavior struck him as suspicious as he stopped next to him in his truck to ask what he was doing in Satilla The Shores neighborhood.

Travis McMichael said neighbors indicated something had happened and he wanted to ask Arbery about it, but when he told Arbery the police were on their way, Arbery started running.

McMichael acknowledged that Arbery did not pull out a weapon or threaten him in any way, and repeatedly indicated that he did not want to speak.

Asked how many times he had pulled behind strangers in the neighborhood to ask them what they were doing there, McMichael never said.

Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski pressured McMichael on why he did not include any details about his testimony in his written statement to police, namely the part about telling Arbery police was on its way. Travis said he was “under stress, nervous, scared” at the time of his police interrogation and “probably choppy”.

“What were you nervous about?” asked Dunikoski.

“I just killed a man,” McMichael said. “I had blood on myself. It was the most traumatic event of my life.”

“You were nervous because you thought you were going to jail, right?” asked Dunikoski.

“None. I gave them a statement,” McMichael said.

Ahmaud Arbery trial: Defense lawyer requests 'no more black priests in here' - video
Ahmaud Arbery trial: Defense lawyer requests ‘no more black priests in here’ – video

It was McMichael’s second day of testimony, a day after he told the jury that Arbery forced him to make a “life-or-death” decision by attacking him and grabbing his shotgun.

This is the first time any of the three white men accused of murder in Arbery’s death have spoken out publicly about the killing.

Prosecutors allege there was no reason for McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, to arm themselves and chase Arbery as he ran past their home in Georgia. The shooting intensified a national outcry over racial injustice after video was leaked online.

McMichael and his father chased Arbery in a pickup truck after he ran past their home from a nearby house under construction. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, participated in the hunt and recorded the video.

McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery was a burglar because security cameras had recorded him several times in the unfinished house.

Prosecutors say the men chased Arbery for five minutes and used their trucks to stop him from fleeing before Travis McMichael shot him. They say there is no evidence that Arbery – who had signed up to study to become an electrician – had committed any crimes.

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