On the day of the shooting, a neighbor across the street saw Mr. Arbury in the house and called the police. Mr. Arbury immediately left home and ran down the street. Gregory McMichael found him and jumped on a truck with his son to chase after him. After a while, the third defendant, Brian, also started chasing Mr. Arbury.
In the trial, the defense lawyer “obligated” that day to detain a man, such as Travis McMichael’s lawyer Robert Rubin, who felt he had a reasonable reason to believe he was a thief. I tried to show that I was acting from “responsibility”. , put it. In closing arguments, Gregory McMichael’s lawyer, Laura D. Hogue, said that Mr. Arbury had previously been there before, “there were repeated night intruders. It’s scary and anxious.” Said.
Travis McMichael was the only defendant to take the position. He told the court that he had taken out a shotgun during the chase because he taught him in US Coast Guard training that showing weapons could potentially exacerbate a violent situation.
He testified that he believed that if they collided, they had little choice but to shoot Mr. Arbury. “It was clear that he was attacking me. If he had a shotgun from me, this was a life-threatening situation,” he said. “So I shot.”
In her closing argument, Chief Prosecutor Dunikoski opposed the idea that an unarmed man running down the street constitutes a threat to three men armed with a pair of pickup trucks.
The man launched an attack on Mr. Arbury, she said, “because he was a black man running down the street.”