In Brunswick, Georgia, Travis McMichael took the stand Wednesday in his own murder trial and claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery after chasing him down in his truck.
Travis McMichael: “I shot him.”
Jason Sheffield: “Why?”
Travis McMichael: “He had my gun. He struck me. It was obvious that he was — it was obvious that he was attacking me, that if he would have got the shotgun from me, then it was a life-or-death situation.”
Travis McMichael’s father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William Bryan are also accused of hunting down and killing Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, while he was out for a jog.
Hundreds of pastors and clergy members are expected to gather outside of the Glynn County Courthouse today in support of Ahmaud Arbery’s family. Their rally comes after defense attorneys repeatedly objected to the presence of Rev. Jesse Jackson and other religious leaders in the courtroom’s gallery.