Defendant Travis McMichael testifies in Ahmaud Arbery murder trial

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Travis McMichael, one of three White men charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery last February in Georgia, took the stand Wednesday as the first witness for the defense.
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was fatally shot on February 23, 2020 after being chased while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia. File Photo courtesy the Family of Ahmaud Arbery/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Arbery, 25, was fatally shot on February 23, 2020, after being chased by some White residents of the Satilla Shores neighborhood while jogging near Brunswick, Ga., where he resided. Advertisement

"I want to give my side of the story," Travis McMichael, who fired the shotgun that killed Arbery, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said when his attorney, Jason Sheffield, asked him if he wanted to testify Wednesday.

Travis McMichael has been charged with felony murder and other charges related to the fatal shooting of Arbery, along with his father, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan.

Other charges each of the three men faces include malice murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

All three defendants have pleaded not guilty.

The defense has argued that Travis McMichael shot Arbery in self-defense as they wrestled over Travis McMichael's shotgun.

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Defendants further argue that the McMichaels were attempting to conduct a citizen's arrest of Arbery due to their suspicion he might have…
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