BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) – The man who shot Ahmaud Arbury is being cross-examined by prosecutors on Thursday as a large group of black ministers were planning to hold a rally outside the courthouse in support of the Arbury family.
Travis McMichael returns to the witness stand a day after testifying that Arbury forced him to make a life-or-death decision in a split second. attacking him and grabbing his shotgun. McMichael’s testimony marked the first time that any of the three white men charged with Arbury’s murder have spoken out publicly about the murder.
He now faces aggressive interrogation by prosecutors who argue that McMichael and his father had no reason to arm and stalk Arbury when he ran past their Georgia home on February 23, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Reverend Al Sharpton was planning to return Thursday for a rally with a large group of black ministers after a defense attorney exacerbated frustration with coastal Georgia, the Brunswick community. when he said he didn’t want “black pastors” to sit in the Glynn County courtroom with the Arbury family.
Last week, Attorney Kevin Gough asked a judge to remove Sharpton from the trial, saying the civil rights activist was trying to sway the jury, which is disproportionately white. The judge refused and later called Gough’s remarks “reprehensible.”
The February 23, 2020 shelling of Arbury after he was seen fleeing in the neighborhood of the accused intensified national protest over racial injustice after video footage of his death was leaked online two months later.
McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, armed themselves and jumped into a pickup truck to chase Arbury after he ran past their home from a nearby home under construction. A neighbor, William “Roddy” Brian, joined the chase in his truck and recorded the video on his cell phone.
Prosecutors say the men chased Arbury for five minutes and used their trucks to stop Arbury from escaping their area before Travis McMichael shot him. They say there is no evidence that Arbury committed any crimes.
Arbury entered technical college and was preparing to study to be an electrician. like his uncle when he was killed. The McMichells told police they suspected Arbury of robbery because security cameras had captured him several times in an unfinished house on their street.