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Travis McMichael tells his ‘side of the story’

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — One of the three men charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery took the stand Wednesday to tell his “side of the story.”

Travis McMichael, who was seen on video shooting and killing Arbery in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020, was the first witness for the defense.

“I want to get my side of the story,” McMichael said. “I want to explain what happened and to be able to say what happened from the way I seen it.”

McMichael told defense attorneys he moved into the neighborhood in 2018 and grew concerned about car break-ins, thefts and “suspicious persons.” McMichael said he would often discuss crime with neighbors, some of whom began installing surveillance cameras on their houses, and his family, including father Greg McMichael, who is also facing murder charges in Arbery’s death.

“It was a common occurrence at that point,” he said. “It was concerning that nothing was done… concerning that you have to have that constant presence.”

Defendant Travis McMichael stands as the jury enters the room at the Glynn County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 in Brunswick, Ga.

The McMichaels’ defense attorneys have argued that Satilla Shores was a neighborhood “on edge” prior to Arbery’s killing. They said in their opening statements Nov. 5 that the McMichaels chased Arbery in their pickup truck to detain him for police because they believed he was responsible for break-ins and that Travis McMichael shot him in self-defense.

Earlier Wednesday, defense attorney Kevin Gough told jurors that evidence will show his client did not intend to hurt Ahmaud Arbery the day he was killed as the defense prepared to call its first witnesses in the murder trial of the three men charged with killing Arbery.

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