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Travis McMichael ‘shouted f***ing n-word’ at Ahmaud Arbery as he lay on the street after he shot him, prosecutors claim at preliminary hearing for white father-son Georgia vigilantes who killed unarmed Black jogger

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Georgia Father-Son vigilante duo Thursday appeared for their preliminary at hearing in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery on Feb 23, on a country road in Brunswick, Ga
One of the white men charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia used a racial slur as the victim lay dead in the street, an investigator for the prosecution Travis
McMichael, 34,  ‘shouted f***ing n-word’ at Ahmaud Arbery as he lay on the street after he shot him dead, prosecutors claim at preliminary court hearing as hundreds protest outside and confront a man wearing a Confederate shirt
Greg McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael appeared before Glynn County Magistrate Judge Wallace E. Harrell via video link from the Glynn County Jail on Thursday morning
Arbery was shot and killed by Travis McMichael on February 23, after he and  his father armed themselves and gave chase to the 25-year-old black man when they saw him running in their neighborhood, near Brunswick
During dramatic testimony, Special Agent Richard Dial of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed that Travis McMichael allegedly used the racial slur after he fatally shot Arbery 
Dial also revealed that Travis McMichael, a former US Coast Guard trainee, has reportedly used the N-word numerous times before, in messages with friends on social media and through text
In one such message, investigators say Travis once exclaimed he loved his job because he was ‘on a boat and there were not any n****** anywhere’ 
The hearing follows a week of angry protests in the U.S. over law enforcement biases against black victims
Thursday’s probable cause hearing was scheduled to determine whether authorities have enough evidence of murder to send the case to trial 
Gregory McMichael (left), Travis McMichael (center) and William Roddie Bryan (right) 1Former cop and retired court investigator Greg McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, [center], and their neighbor William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, [right] all have been charged with felony murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA in February

One of the white men charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia used a racial slur as the victim lay dead in the street, an investigator for the prosecution told a court Thursday.
Greg McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, appeared before Glynn County Magistrate Judge Wallace E. Harrell via video link from the Glynn County Jail on Thursday morning.
Arbery was shot and killed by Travis McMichael on February 23, after he and his father Greg armed themselves and gave chase to the 25-year-old black man when they saw him running in their neighborhood, near Brunswick.
During dramatic testimony, Special Agent Richard Dial of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed that Travis McMichael allegedly said ‘f****** n*****’ at Arbery after the fatal shooting took place.
he shocking claim was made by their neighbor 50-year-old William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, who has also arrested and charged with felony murder after allegedly using a vehicle to try to confine and detain Arbery.

Ahmaud Arbery killing 1The vigilante duo of Travis McMichael, [left], and his father Gregory McMichael, [center], are facing trial for the murder Ahmaud Arbery [right]. Local authorities initially believed their claim of self-defense and refused to press charges for nearly three months until public outcry forced a change of pace
Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael in court 5The McMichael father and son duo appeared before Glynn County Magistrate Judge Wallace E. Harrell via video link on Thursday morning. They were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault on May 7, two days after cellphone video of the shooting leaked online 
Special Agent Dial also revealed that Travis McMichael, a former US Coast Guard trainee, has reportedly used the N-word numerous times before, in messages with friends on social media and through text.

Thursday’s probable cause hearing was scheduled by Judge Harrell to determine whether authorities have enough evidence of murder in Arbery’s killing to send the case to a trial court.
The McMichaels weren’t were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault until May 7. Their arrests came two days after cellphone video of the shooting leaked online and stirred a national outcry.
A large group of Arbery supporters have gathered outside the courtroom to peacefully protest while the hearing is underway, calling for ‘Justice for Ahmaud’. A white elderly male wearing a ‘Legends of the Confederacy’ t-shirt was seen confronting demonstrators.

Travis-McMichael-Arrest-4Trigger man Travis McMichael allegedly said ‘f****** n*****’ at Arbery after the fatal shooting took place, co-defendant William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, revealed. Bryan recorded and uploaded the incident
Ahmaud Arbery protests 1Largely peaceful protests following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and Arbery have led to outbreaks of violence in many larger cities, including Atlanta, Ga

Largely peaceful protests following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and Arbery have led to outbreaks of violence in many larger cities, including Atlanta, over the last week.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp promised a ‘strong state law enforcement presence’ in the Brunswick area to coincide with the court hearing, which was seen in action on Thursday morning.
Greg McMichael, a former investigator in the Glenn County Judicial Circuit, told police after the shooting in February that he suspected Arbery of committing break-ins in the neighborhood. Surveillance footage later showed Arbery inside a construction site moments before he was shot dead.
During his testimony, Special Agent Dial took said that authorities have found no evidence Arbery ever took anything from the construction site. Arbery had reportedly been spotted at the site before, though the circumstances of his visit remain unclear.
Dial acknowledged rumors that the home, which has no interior walls or doors, has running water for which Arbery may have stopped at to re-hydrate on his run. Dial said at least two other people have also been spotted inside the home.

Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael in court 6It wasn’t until May 7 that the McMichaels were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. The arrests came two days after cellphone video of the shooting leaked online and stirred a national outcry
Rally outside court hearing for the three white men accused in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery 4Protesters chanting ‘No Bond’ and ‘justice Now’ rally outside while hearing for the three white men accused in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery is conducted inside the Glynn County courthouse on Thursday

The detective gave detailed testimony about the McMichaels’ efforts to literally chase down Arbery, after receiving a call that spotting him running in the neighborhood.
Dial said that neither of the defendants called 911 before getting their firearms and jumping into their truck to confront Arbery about the claims of an apparent burglary.
Bryan, meanwhile, was said to be stood outside of his residence with a video camera. The 50-year-old then got into his truck with the intention of assisting with the McMichael’s pursuit of Arbery. He did not call 911 either, Dial said.
After noticing he was being pursued by the men, Dial says Arbery attempted to run in a different direction to evade the McMichaels.
Travis got out of the truck to confront him, while Bryan pulled out of his driveway in an attempt to block Arbery in.
Arbery then ran around Bryan’s truck, with Bryan maneuvering his vehicle several times to obstruct the 23-year-old, but he kept jumping out of the way before attempting to leave the neighborhood, Dial said.
Bryan then pursued Arbery in his truck and began filming on his cell phone. The footage shows Arbery attempting to evade Bryan’s truck, which at one point makes contact with the victim, according to Dial.
Arbery soon found himself trapped between the McMichaels’ and Bryan’s trucks. It was at this stage that Bryan picked up his cellphone once more and held it up to record Arbery.

Gregory McMichael told investigators he only heard two shots. He said he was on the phone with 911 dispatchers at the time, and claims to have told his son, Travis, not to shoot Arbery.
Three spent shells from a shotgun were recovered at the scene. Travis McMichael later admitted to firing his shotgun three times, striking Arbery each time.
In the moments after shooting Arbery, and before law enforcement arrived on scene, Bryan claims her heard Travis McMichael say ‘f****** n*****’ towards Arbery as he lay dying on the floor.
The family of Ahmaud Arbery have long said he had been out jogging on the day of his death. Dial said Arbery had previously run through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.

Group of protesters listen to a live feed outside the Glynn County Courthouse while the preliminary hearing follow the trial live 1Protesters listen to a live feed of the preliminary hearings for Travis and Gregory McMichael  outside the Glynn County Courthouse, Ga. on Thursday morning

The former high school football player ran to stay in shape and lived less than two miles from the subdivision where he was killed. His mother said he planned to start technical college in the fall to become an electrician.
Defense attorneys for both McMichaels have said much remains unknown about what led to the shooting and have cautioned against rushing to judgment. An attorney for Bryan has said he was merely a witness to Arbery’s death.
All three defendants remain jailed in Glynn County. A different judge will have to decide whether to allow them to go free on bond.
Outside the courthouse, demonstrators were heard chanting ‘No Bond’.

 

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