Judge Timothy Walmsley said Ahmaud Arbery was “hunted and shot” before sentencing three men convicted of killing a 25-year-old black man running in a Georgia neighborhood in 2020.
Walmsley describes the events leading up to Arbery’s shooting and comments on the comments made by three men, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr.
“In my opinion, Greg McMichael very early on was trying to establish a narrative. He made comments like ‘Ahmaud Arbery was stuck like a rat,’ ‘stop or me. will blow you away – and I won’t do it again – in the lead,’ said Walmsley.
“Travis McMichael claims he’s shocked, but it’s interesting because he talks about his concern for his child and his own well-being. Part of this is while the victim is actually lying there on street,” the judge said.
“Brother Bryan, he joined, after calling the McMichaels ‘you all caught him’, claiming he had no idea what was going on. But obviously wanted to know if this person was running past. neighborhood he did. ‘I don’t know was caught in some way,’ the judge continued.
He said these quotes provide context for the murder video presented to the court during the trial.