Travis McMichael admits Ahmaud Arbery never pulled out a weapon or threatened him

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Travis McMichael acknowledged that Arbery had indicated several times that he didn't want to talk to him after McMichael repeatedly pulled up beside him in his pickup truck on Feb. 23 last ye…
The man who shot dead Ahmaud Arbery testified Thursday that the 25-year-old black man never pulled out a weapon or threatened him in any way before he pointed his shotgun at him during a chase through his Georgia neighborhood.

Testifying under cross-examination, Travis McMichael acknowledged that Arbery had indicated several times that he didn't want to talk to him after McMichael and his father Gregory repeatedly pulled up beside him in a pickup truck on Feb. 23 last year.

Defense attorneys for the McMichaels and a neighbor, who are all currently on trial for Arbery's murder, have argued their clients were lawfully trying to make a citizen's arrest after suspecting Arbery of committing a crime.

McMichael told jurors that Arbery's demeanor had struck him as suspicious when he initially pulled up alongside him in his truck.

Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski pressed McMichael on whether Arbery ever reached into his pockets, brandished any weapons, yelled or threatened him.

"No," McMichael said.

"He just ran?" the prosecutor asked.

"Yes, he was just running," McMichael said.

Travis McMichael admitted that Ahmaud Arbery never reached into his pockets, brandished any weapons, yelled or threatened him. Stephen B. Morton/Pool/Getty Images

Travis McMichael told the court he was "probably being choppy" with his police statement. via/@newsshelby

McMichael earlier said he'd approached Arbery after neighbors indicated that something had happened down the road and he wanted to ask him about it.

He said Arbery started to run when he told him police were on the way.

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