- A Georgia police officer said he wanted to issue an trespass warning, but did not “authorize” his neighbors to monitor the construction site.
- Civil rights attorney Ben Crump announced Ahmaud Arbery’s intention to bring 100 Black pastors to Brunswick to pray with his family.
BRUNWICK, Ga. — One in three accused in Ahmaud Arbery’s death ‘minimized’ involvement in the murder An investigator changed his explanation of what happened that day, telling jurors in the murder trial on Friday.
William “Roddie” Bryan, who captured the cellphone video of the incident last year, “changed the descriptive words” he used in reference to his role in the deadly confrontation between the initial interview with the Glynn County Police and an interview with Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers months later, the agent said.
Earlier on Friday, a police officer said he was summoned to the location of a house under construction and intended to issue a trespassing warning to a man matching Arbery’s description. Arbery months later broke into the site and was chased and killed.
The two law enforcement statements came on the same day, civil rights attorney Ben Crump announced that 100 Black pastors are expected to pray with the family of Arbery outside the Glynn County Courthouse, possibly next week.
This announcement follows a complaint from defense attorney Kevin Gough on Thursday. Reverend Al Sharpton sitting in the courtroom, by Gough’s claim “High-profile members of the African-American community” He “scared” the jury.
Father and son Travis and Gregory McMichael and their neighbor Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes related to the February 23, 2020 murder of Arbery in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. The men were arrested two months after the incident. Bryan’s cell phone video was offered to the public.
Prosecutors said Arbery did not commit any crime and was killed because three white men made assumptions It’s about what a black man does in their neighborhood. McMichaels’ lawyers argue father and son They were trying to detain Arbery for police questioning.and Bryan’s lawyers say he’s a spectator.
Officer Robert Rash of the Glynn County Police Department told jurors that he spoke to the owner of a house under construction about a Black man who had been seen on security cameras several times in the months before the murder. The officer said he wanted to know who the person was, explained that the owner didn’t want them there, and put the person on speaker with the owner.
“There was no crime report at that time. There was no report of theft by[the landlord]at his home,” Rash said.
Travis and Gregory McMichael were able to be seen at the construction site on February 12, 2020, according to police body camera video shown to jurors on Friday. Officer Rash appears to have intervened and searched the house with his gun drawn. It is seen that a group of neighbors, including McMichaels, joined the officer in the search and spoke in a group in front of the site.
During questioning, defense and prosecution attorneys repeatedly mentioned the “Black man” or “Black man” at the site of the house under construction, but did not refer to the man as Arbery. Prosecutors said Arbery was the person seen in the security footage on February 23, the day he was killed.
The officer said that last December, he passed Gregory McMichael in the area and showed the unidentified man security cameras on the property. The officer said he knew McMichael was a retired investigator and asked him to be a “witness” and call 911 if he saw the man.
When asked if the prosecution had “proxy” any of the neighbors, the officer said no.
Instead, months later, Gregory and Travis McMichael chased Arbery in a pickup truck, and Travis McMichael fatally shot him. Bryan also chased Arbery in a truck and videotaped the event.
Bryan initially told a Glynn County officer that he “chased” Arbery that day and was “blocked”, “cornered” and “cut off”. However, in a later interview with GBI, Bryan said he “opened” his car to Arbery so he could “see” Arbery and take a picture of it.
“The testimonies he gave me minimized his involvement in the process that led to Mr Arbery’s death,” Agent Jason Seacrist said Friday.
“The word choice has changed drastically from the Glynn County interview to the point of interviewing me,” Seacrist added.
Also Friday, Gough apologized for his comments about the presence of Black pastors in the courtroom.
“If my statements are overly broad, I will proceed with an appropriate motion,” he said. “I apologize to anyone who may have been accidentally offended.”
Inside Declaration On Twitter, Crump announced his intention to bring 100 Black pastors to Brunswick. The clergy were expected to meet at noon on 18 November.
“It is not illegal for Black pastors to support the parents of Ahmaud Arbery or other Black victims,” Crump wrote.
“I’ll be in court next week,” Father Jesse Jackson said on Friday.
Habersham reported from Brunswick. Hauck reported from Chicago.