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Crime Travis McMichael testifies he wasn't under threat during pickup chase before fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery

07:45  19 november  2021
07:45  19 november  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Travis McMichael , the man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery , returned to the stand Thursday to testify . BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The man seen on video fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery acknowledged Thursday that Arbery did not threaten him during the chase and that he could've stopped following him before the fatal shooting .

Travis McMichael , the man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020, resumed testifying in his own defense on Thursday, returning to the witness stand to answer questions from prosecutors. McMichael , 35, is on trial alongside his father, Gregory McMichael , and their neighbor, William On cross examination, Cobb County senior assistant district attorney Linda Dunikoski questioned McMichael about differences between his statement to police in the hours after the shooting and his explanation to the jury regarding details surrounding the chase leading up to Arbery 's death.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The man seen on video fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery acknowledged that Arbery did not threaten him during a chase and that he could've stopped following him before the defense rested its case on Thursday.

Travis McMichael also told prosecutors he did not tell police some of the details about the pursuit that he shared in court on Wednesday.

McMichael took the stand early Thursday for cross-examination after testifying for about three hours Wednesday during which he broke down while describing the final moments of his confrontation with Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020. He was the first of seven witnesses called by the defense and told the jury he wanted to share his "side of the story."

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McMichael began testifying on Wednesday after prosecutors from the Cobb County district attorney's office rested their case. He told jurors he only wanted to ask Arbery what he had been doing in the neighborhood that day after recognizing him as the man seen walking around a nearby construction site. read more. In cross-examination by prosecutor Linda Dunikoski, McMichael agreed that he did not explicitly mention such a moment in a police interview the afternoon of the shooting , nor include it in a written statement he made that day. He says he fired his shotgun at Arbery in self defense after

Testifying under cross-examination, McMichael acknowledged that Arbery didn’ t pull out a weapon or threaten him in any way and indicated several times that he didn’ t want to talk to him . 18, 2021 at 6:16 AM CST|Updated: 18 minutes ago. BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The man who killed Ahmaud Arbery testified Thursday that Arbery did not speak, show a weapon or threaten him in any way before he raised his shotgun and pointed it at him . Under cross-examination by the prosecution on his second day of testimony, Travis McMichael said he was “ under the impression” that Arbery could be

Travis McMichael testifies Thursday during his trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. © Sean Rayford, AP Travis McMichael testifies Thursday during his trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga.

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The attorneys for McMichael's co-defendants, his father, Gregory, and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, did not present cases before the defense rested. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday morning.

Outside the courthouse, Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, expressed disappointment that the elder McMichael didn't take the stand.

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"(I wanted) to see if can I get something out of hearing the parent and see where he his mindset was, as well," she told reporters.

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  Jury in Ahmaud Arbery death set for 2nd day of deliberations BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jury deliberations were scheduled to resume for a second day Wednesday in the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery after the 25-year-old Black man was spotted running in their coastal Georgia neighborhood. The disproportionately white jury received the case around midday Tuesday and spent about six hours deliberating before adjourning without a verdict in the trial of father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan.Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley told jurors to reconvene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Ahmaud arbery trial: travis mcmichael takes stand for cross-examination. McMichael tearfully testified a day earlier that he shot Arbery , 25, in self-defense after he attacked him and lunged for his gun. On Thursday, however, McMichael admitted that the unarmed Arbery didn' t speak or threaten him before McMichael raised his shotgun. McMichael said he suspected Arbery was a burglar and pursued him through the Satilla Shores, Georgia, neighborhood for five minutes before the fatal encounter. Travis McMichael speaks from the witness stand during his trial

Travis McMichael , the Georgia man accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery , admitted on the stand Thursday that the 25-year-old unarmed Black man never yelled or threatened him before he began pursuing Arbery in a pickup truck—with his shotgun. He added that his training focused on how to de-escalate situations, and claimed that one strategy he learned was to point a gun at a suspect to defuse the situation. Two weeks before Arbery ’s fatal shooting , McMichael said he called 911 after seeing someone “lurking” outside a home under construction, whom he believed was “stealing, breaking in, [and] burglarizing.”

On Thursday, lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski pointed out several moments when McMichael could have stopped pursuing Arbery, and McMichael agreed but said he wanted to "watch" Arbery's movements and find out what happened.

McMichael told the jury there was a possibility Arbery was armed but agreed with Dunikoski that Arbery did not threaten him or brandish a weapon.

"I didn't know if he was a threat or not," McMichael said Thursday.

McMichael said he was later “under the impression” that Arbery could be a threat because he saw him "attacking" Bryan's truck and Arbery ran toward him.

“All he’s done is run away from you,” Dunikoski said. “And you pulled out a shotgun and pointed it at him.”

Dunikoski also noted McMichael told investigators he could not remember if Arbery had grabbed his shotgun during the struggle.

"So you didn't shoot him because he grabbed the barrel of your shotgun, you shot because he came around that corner and you were right there and you just pulled that trigger immediately?" Dunikoski asked.

Jury to deliberate verdict in Ahmaud Arbery's death. Here are key moments from the trial.

  Jury to deliberate verdict in Ahmaud Arbery's death. Here are key moments from the trial. The jury will now decide if Travis and Greg McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan are guilty of murder and other crimes in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.How jurors decide on a verdict could ultimately hinge on how they view Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Arbery and was the only defendant to testify.

new video loaded: Man Who Fatally Shot Ahmaud Arbery Testifies . Travis McMichael , who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, described the moments leading up to the shooting of Mr. Arbery , as he took the stand in his own defense. “I get to the front of the truck, and by the time I get to the front truck, he is at the front corner panel on the right-hand side, and he turns and is on me and is on me.

Mr Arbery was fatally shot during the confrontation with Mr McMichael , his father Travis , 65 and neighbour William Bryan on 23 February 2020. The case gained nationwide attention after footage of Mr Arbery 's final moments went viral months later. Mr McMichael said he told Mr Arbery that "police are on the way" - a claim which wasn ' t mentioned during his police interview. When asked by prosecutors why that detail had been omitted, Mr McMichael said he was " under stress", nervous and scared.

"I was struck," McMichael said. "We were face to face ... and that's when I shot."

Prosecutors also pointed out several inconsistences in statements that McMichael initially gave police compared to what he told jurors the day before about the events leading up to the shooting.

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McMichael testified Wednesday that he told Arbery police were on the way, which is what McMichael believes prompted Arbery to continue running from him. But Thursday, he acknowledged he did not include that detail in his original police statement. He also said he never told police that he had intended to arrest Arbery or that he saw Arbery "attacking" Bryan's truck.

Attorneys for McMichael and his father have argued that the two men chased Arbery in their pickup because they wanted to detain him for police. They said they saw him running in their neighborhood and believed he was responsible for recent break-ins. Attorneys contend Travis McMichael shot him in self-defense.

McMichael testified Thursday that he "failed" to give fully accurate statements to police because the shooting was "the most traumatic event" of his life and at the time he was still covered in Arbery's blood.

Travis McMichael testifies Ahmaud Arbery did not threaten him

  Travis McMichael testifies Ahmaud Arbery did not threaten him The defense rested its case after the jury heard testimony from Travis McMichael, the man who fired the fatal shots.Travis McMichael, the man who fired the fatal shots, spent several hours on the stand Thursday testifying in his own defense and answering questions from prosecutors.

"Seeing how I was talking, I was under stress, nervous, scared," he said as he looked at a transcript of his statements to police.

When asked if he thought he was going to jail during the interview because he had killed someone, McMichael said no.

McMichael repeatedly told jurors he had probable cause to believe Arbery was a burglar because he saw him on neighbor Larry English's property days before the shooting. English had alerted neighbors that people had been entering his home under construction. On Feb. 11, McMichael said Arbery appeared to reach into his pants, leading him to believe he was armed.

McMichael said he believed Arbery may have broken in the day of the shooting.

"That was the person I assumed that was committing the crime," he testified Thursday. "The probable cause was him."

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He agreed with Dunikoski that he didn't know who had stolen items from English's property.

"But I had a probability," he said.

One witness, Brook Perez, also told jurors English had called her husband multiple times about people entering his unsecured construction site. Perez recalled she seeing Travis and Greg McMichael outside English's home on Feb. 11 and seeing Travis covered in blood and pacing on the day of the shooting.

Travis McMichael says Ahmaud Arbery never verbally threatened him or pulled weapon

  Travis McMichael says Ahmaud Arbery never verbally threatened him or pulled weapon Travis McMichael returned to the witness stand on Thursday under cross-examination from the prosecutor. Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski attempted to undermine the 35-year-old McMichael's credibility by getting him to concede to inconsistencies between what he told police the day of the shooting and what he told the Brunswick, Georgia, jury during his direct testimony on Wednesday.

Jurors also heard from six Satilla Shores residents who testified about crime in the neighborhood and Facebook pages they used to share information about it, supporting the defense's argument that the neighborhood was "on edge" before Arbery's shooting.

Meanwhile, outside the courthouse Thursday, a large group of Black pastors rallied to support Arbery's family. Bryan's attorney, Kevin Gough, has taken issue with the presence of high-profile pastors in the courtroom, including the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Cooper-Jones told reporters she was" very encouraged" by pastors showing up to pray with her family.

“It really meant a lot to me. It really did," Arbery's mother said.

Her attorney, Lee Merritt, thanked prosecutors, saying they did "important work" of arguing motions "that kept inflammatory and irrelevant information out of the courtroom so that we could focus on the murder that actually took place."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Travis McMichael testifies he wasn't under threat during pickup chase before fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery

Their own words may have doomed men who killed Ahmaud Arbery .
The video of Ahmaud Arbery's shotgun death was a shocking piece of evidence that suddenly brought the Black man's killing into the national consciousness. But the murder convictions of the three white men who chased him may have been secured by their own words to investigators the day of the shooting. Greg McMichael, who was in the bed of a pickup truck when his son killed Arbery, told police the Black man "was trapped like a rat" and he toldBut the murder convictions of the three white men who chased him may have been secured by their own words to investigators the day of the shooting.

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