The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery while walking in a Georgia suburb last year said he fired in self-defense and was being attacked by an unarmed black man, who is being tried by prosecutors. Was attempting to portray the shooting as the culmination of a racially motivated crime. Attacked by a group of white men.
Defendant Travis McMichael appeared to wipe tears at the witness stand on Wednesday, claiming he and two others suffered a life-or-death situation after Arbery chased him on February 23, 2020, and that he hit by a pickup truck.
McMichael said he did not leave his Brunswick, Georgia, home with the intention of killing Arbery, who defense lawyers argue was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a local burglary, McMichael and two others. Inspired to attempt the arrest of a civilian.
McMichael, who was armed with a shotgun, said that after chasing and cornering him, Arbery attempted to take McMichael’s weapon.
Video of the shooting shows a struggle, but it is unclear whether Arbery ever held a gun, although he was shot at close range – the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Arbery testified Wednesday That the 25-year-old was likely to have been shot three to 20 inches from McMichael’s shotgun.
Prosecutors argue that McMichael could not have fired in self-defense because he was the attacker in the shooting.