Unlike Kyle Rittenhouse, Travis McMichael 'didn't come off as credible,' experts say

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Travis McMichael sealed his fate when he took the stand in the murder trial related to Ahmaud Arbery's death, legal experts said.
Travis McMichael sealed his fate when he took the stand in his own defense in the murder trial related to the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased down and killed by three white men in what prosecutors called a "modern-day lynching," legal experts said.

A nearly all-white jury convicted McMichael of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. His father, Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan were acquitted of the top charge and convicted of others, including felony murder.

The defendants had argued self-defense, as well as acting within their rights under Georgia's citizen's arrest law, which was legal at the time but changed after the shooting.

Once self-defense was claimed, the burden fell on prosecutors to disprove the defense's argument beyond a reasonable doubt.

But Travis McMichael "really didn't come off as credible," criminal defense attorney Bernarda Villalona said on NBC News.

"From Travis McMichael's own mouth, he knew Ahmaud Arbery was not armed; he knew Ahmaud Arbery didn't threaten him; he knew Ahmaud Arbery didn't have anything in his pants," she said. "The only threat here was two pickup trucks chasing an unarmed African American male."

Wednesday's verdict came just five…
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