A Glynn County Police Department detective testified Tuesday in the trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s killing that Gregory McMichael, one of the three White men charged, told him he never saw Arbery commit a crime.
Detective Parker Marcy was the prosecution’s sixth witness in the trial.
Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a jog on February 23, 2020, near Brunswick, Georgia, when he was shot and killed. McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. are accused of chasing and killing him.
Defense attorneys contend their clients were trying to conduct a lawful citizen’s arrest of Arbery, whom they suspected of burglary after they and several neighbors became concerned about individuals entering a home under construction. The defense contends Travis McMichael shot Arbery in self-defense, as Arbery and Travis McMichael wrestled over McMichael’s shotgun.
Reading a transcript from an interview he conducted after the shooting, Marcy quoted Gregory McMichael as saying he had seen videos of the home under construction and saw a person who appeared to be Arbery “breaking into, or being, or wandering around” the construction site, but offered no details as to the date of the videos. McMichael said the house had no doors and no windows for “well over a year.”