In testimony given by a second witness, Gregory McMichael, one of three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, claimed he did not know whether or not the jogger had committed any crime before pursuing him.
According to CNN, police sergeant Roderic Nohilly took the stand as the seventh witness in the murder trial on Wednesday (Nov. 10). McMichael has been in touch with him since the shooting at the police department’s headquarters, he said. McMichael read the jury the transcript of their conversation. In reply, McMichael asked Nohilly: “Did he break into a house today?”.
“Well, that’s all there is to it. According to the transcript, McMichael responded, “I don’t know.”
McMichael said, referring to the female Glynn County cop with whom he spoke about the shooting, “You might want to knock on doors there because this guy had just done something that he was fleeing from,” the officer said. Someone else’s house might have been the place he went to.”
According to Nohilly, McMichael told him he had never seen Arbery before he was killed.
William “Roddie” Bryan and his neighbor Travis McMichael, along with Michael’s son Travis, have been charged with the homicide of Arbery along with assault, false imprisonment, and false imprisonment attempt. Arbery was jogging through a Georgia neighborhood when the McMichaels and Bryan pursued him and shot him. Bryan allegedly struck Arbery with his truck as he ran. Despite Bryan’s cell phone video of the shooting becoming public months after Arbery’s death, the three men were not arrested for the shooting.
Federal authorities are also investigating the three men for attempted kidnapping and interference with rights, which can be classified as a hate crime. As well as that, the McMichaels were charged with committing a crime of violence while using a firearm. Federal charges against the suspects will be tried in February next year.
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.