Ahmaud Arbery trial: Man who fired fatal shots testifies he tried to ‘de-escalate’ situation

Ahmaud Arbery trial: Man who fired fatal shots testifies he tried to ‘de-escalate’ situation


The man who shot dead Ahmaud Arbery took the stand in his own defense Wednesday, tearing up briefly as he described the moment he fired his gun, saying it was a “life or death situation.”

Travis McMichael, 35, told jurors he was trying to “de-escalate” the situation when he chased the 25-year-old black man through his Georgia neighborhood on Feb. 23 last year.  

His testimony came as defense attorneys for the three white men currently on trial for Arbery’s murder began presenting their case, arguing their clients were lawfully trying to make a citizen’s arrest after suspecting Arbery of committing a crime.

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McMichael told the judge he wanted “to give my side of the story” about what unfolded when he, his father Gregory McMichael

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