Travis McMichael “wasn’t Credible”, Experts Say
Travis McMichael seals his fate as he defends his own position in a murder trial involving his death. The 25-year-old black man was chased and killed by three white men in a “modern-day lynching” of prosecutors, legal experts said.
An almost white jury convicted McMichael of malicious murder, aggravated murder, aggravated assault, wrongful imprisonment, and attempted criminalization. His father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were acquitted and convicted of others, including murder.
The accused had defended their self-defense and acted in accordance with their rights under the Georgian Detention Act, which was legal at the time but changed after the shooting.
When self-defense was demanded, prosecutors had the burden of denying the defense’s allegations without a doubt.
But Travis McMichael “It really wasn’t credible,” criminal defense attorney Bernarda Villalona told NBC News.
“From Travis McMichael’s own mouth, he knew Ahmaud Arbery wasn’t armed; he knew Ahmaud Arbery wasn’t threatening him; he knew Ahmaud Arbery had nothing on his pants,” he said. “The only threat here was two pickup trucks chasing an unarmed African-American man.”
Wednesday’s verdict was handed just five days after Kyle Rittenhouse was released. He was charged with shooting three men, two of whom were killed, in last year’s protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse’s defense attorneys claimed their client was one is in danger after he was threatened with a skateboard and chased down the street during his encounters with the men.
This argument and Rittenhouse’s own testimony, as well as a granular video played in the courtroom that showed chaos in the streets, seemed to support his claim of self-defense.
This was not the case during the Arbery murder trial.
“Travis McMichael was a terrible witness,” said former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, a legal analyst at NBC News and MSNBC. “Rarely have I seen a defender who has been raised by the defense team performing really poorly.”
In the stand last week, Travis McMichael shared their version about what happened on February 23, 2020, when McMichaels and Bryan chased Arbery in their trucks after spotting her in a neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia.
Travis McMichael shot Arbery with a shotgun up close. Bryan described a fatal encounter on a cell phone. The video evidence seemed to support the prosecutor’s account that Arbery, not the accused, ran for his life and then fought back in the final moments.
“While we can celebrate that justice came true here if it weren’t for the video, these men would probably have survived it,” said former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne, a legal analyst at MSNBC. “I don’t think we would have a verdict without this video.”
Travis McMichael said on the day of the shooting that he was trying to get his young son to take a nap when his father came into the house “in an almost impetuous state” and said the person they believed was responsible for the crimes in the neighborhood. had just run past.
Travis McMichael said he grabbed his shotgun and got on the side of the driver of his truck. Gregory McMichael was in the passenger seat. The two men drove in the direction they believed Arbery was running and eventually caught him.
“If you’re the first striker, you really have an uphill battle convincing the jury that you have the right to take a second life,” Kirschner said. “Travis McMichael was the first assailant, the third assailant, the fourth assailant, and in the end, these three men anointed themselves as a judge, an executioner of a jury, and a young man who did nothing but run in a part of town that apparently insulted McMichael and Mr. Bryan.”
Travis McMichael’s testimony was “a train accident for him,” Kirschner added. “He should have been convicted.”