Travis McMichael—the man who’s accused of chasing down and shooting Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year old black man, in a Georgia town on Feb. 23— allegedly stood over Arbery’s body and called him a “f——— n——,” according to testimony Thursday in the first court appearance for the three men charged in Arbery’s vigilante-style killing.
Richard Dial, the lead agent in the investigation into Arbery’s killing, said William Roddie Bryan—who faces a murder charge for aiding the father-and-son pair of Travis and Gregory McMichael in chasing down and shooting Arbery—told Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents under oath that Travis McMichael stood over Arbery and made the racial slur after the shooting.
Dial also testified investigators have found evidence Travis McMichael has used racist language many times in the past in text messages and social media posts, and once commented he loved his job in the Coast Guard because “there weren’t any n——— anywhere,” while he also kept a Confederate flag sticker on a tool box in the back of his pickup truck.
The shooting was the cause of national outrage after the video, which Bryan recorded, was sent to a local radio station and subsequently widely shared online; it shows Arbery chased down by the men in a pickup truck and shot in a Brunswick, Georgia, neighborhood.
Dial said that there was a dent in the side of the pickup truck used to chase down Arbery, saying that the truck was used to hit the unarmed Arbery.
This is a developing story.
Source: Forbes Business