The officer mentioned he spoke to McMichael on the scene of the taking pictures, with Arbery’s physique mendacity beneath a sheet within the highway close by, as police first responded on Feb. 23, 2020.
McMichael’s account shifted when he spoke with a Glynn County detective at police headquarters late the identical day. Whereas he’d first blamed the slain man for break ins at a number of homes, McMichael informed Detective Parker Marcy the intruder had focused a single residence — one which was nonetheless beneath building with no doorways or home windows.
Marcy testified that McMichael informed him he had seen “two or three movies” that confirmed “this man breaking into or being or wandering round into this home.”
Greg McMichael; his grownup son, Travis McMichael; and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are charged with homicide and different crimes within the dying of Arbery. Glynn County police by no means arrested them. As a substitute costs got here greater than two months when cellphone video of the taking pictures leaked on-line and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case. The video sparked an outcry amid a nationwide reckoning over racial injustice.
Prosecutors say the lads had no authorized purpose to pursue Arbery with weapons, as there’s no proof Arbery dedicated any crimes within the Satilla Shores subdivision outdoors the port metropolis of Brunswick.
Proseuctor Linda Dunikoski confirmed the jury safety digital camera video from inside the home beneath building recorded simply earlier than the lethal chase. Arbery could be seen wandering via the open-framed inside however doesn’t appear to the touch something. He ran after a neighbor outdoors referred to as police.
“Do you see him take something or steal something from this location?” Dunikoski requested Marcy.
The detective replied: “No ma’am.”
Protection attorneys say the defendants had purpose to suspect Arbery was a burglar.
Franklin Hogue, Greg McMichael’s legal professional, famous that in the identical interview by which his consumer informed the detective about Arbery coming into the home beneath building, he additionally mentioned there had been “quite a few coming into autos and break-ins” elsewhere within the neighborhood.
“Logic tells you this man could be the one which’s doing it,” Greg McMichael mentioned, in response to the transcript.
Greg McMichael mentioned the chase started when he noticed Arbery “hauling ass” previous his residence on a Sunday afternoon. Saying he acknowledged Arbery from safety digital camera movies proven to him by a neighbor who wasn’t charged within the case, he ran inside and grabbed a .357 magnum handgun. Travis McMichael armed himself with a shotgun earlier than they went after Arbery in a pickup truck.
Bryan joined the chase in his personal truck and recorded the video of Travis McMichael taking pictures Arbery at shut vary.
Protection attorneys say Travis McMichael opened hearth in self-defense. Brandeberry testified that Greg McMichael informed him on the scene: “He attacked my son. He got here at him. He tried to get the rattling shotgun away.”
Marcy testified that Greg McMichael mentioned he armed himself as a result of he suspected Arbery might have stolen a handgun from his son’s truck a number of weeks earlier, although he acknowledged he had no proof. The detective mentioned he requested whether or not the movies of Arbery inside the house beneath building confirmed him selecting up or taking something.
“, not that I recall,” Greg McMichael answered, in response to the interview transcript that the detective learn in court docket. “I don’t suppose the man has truly stolen something out of there, or if he did it was early within the course of. However he retains going again over and over to this rattling home.”
The jury Tuesday noticed a number of pictures police took after the taking pictures of Travis McMichael, who had Arbery’s blood on his arms and arms in addition to spattering his shirt, face and neck.
Brandeberry mentioned Greg McMichael additionally had blood on his left hand, which he informed police he had used to test Arbery for a weapon after the taking pictures when Arbery fell facedown on the street with one arm tucked beneath him.
Greg McMichael later informed police he had shouted a warning to Arbery in the course of the chase, when the working man ignored the calls for of the lads within the truck telling him to cease.
“I mentioned, `Cease,′ you recognize, `I’ll blow your f—-ing head off,′ or one thing,” he informed Marcy. “I used to be making an attempt to convey to this man we’re not enjoying, you recognize?”