‘You had no choice’: How the former police father comforted son who shot Ahmaud Arbery dead

The trial against the murder of Ahmaud Arbery (pictured) continues Wednesday morning in court in Georgia

The former policeman charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s death comforted his son after the fatal shooting, a Georgia court witness testified Monday – the day before body camera footage revealed the suspect told police the jogger he did not know was a ” a ** hole ‘that he would have shot himself if his son had not done so first.

“You had no choice,” former police officer Gregory McMichael, 65, told his son, Travis McMichael, 35, revealed body-worn body camera footage presented in court Monday.

The video showed McMichael placing his hands on his son’s shoulder, while Arbery, 25, – who had been shot three times – lay down on the sidewalk and bled.

Additional body camera footage presented in court Tuesday also suggested the older McMichael wanted to shoot Arbery.

“To be completely honest with you, if I could have gotten a shot at the guy, I would have shot him myself,” McMichael told Officer Jeff Brandeberry, according to a transcript of the police officer’s body camera footage that was read aloud.

McMichael added: ‘This is not a mixer. This guy is a hole. ‘

Officer-borne body camera footage presented in court this week showed Gregory McMichael, 65, (left) comforting his son, Travis McMichael (right), after 35-year-old shot Ahmaud Arbery

Officer-borne body camera footage presented in court this week showed Gregory McMichael, 65, (left) comforting his son, Travis McMichael (right), after 35-year-old shot Ahmaud Arbery

“You had no choice,” former police officer Gregory McMichael (left) told Travis McMichael (right) as he laid his hands on his son’s shoulders.

Glenn County Police Detective Parker Marcy also took a stand Tuesday, claiming that hours after the incident, McMichael admitted he was carrying a gun and preparing to shoot Arbery.

‘I said,’ Stop, you know, I’m blowing your head off or something, ‘McMichael said, according to a transcript of the conversation from his conversation with Marcy.

“I was trying to tell this guy we were not playing.”

Arbery was chased and shot on February 23, 2020, after he was seen running in the suburb of Satilla Shores, just outside the port city of Brunswick.

This image from video posted on Twitter in May 2020 pretends to show Ahmaud Arbery stumbling and falling to the ground after being shot by Travis McMichael

This image from video posted on Twitter in May 2020 pretends to show Ahmaud Arbery stumbling and falling to the ground after being shot by Travis McMichael

Police photographs presented in court Monday showed blood stains on the asphalt

They also unveiled Travis McMichael's pump-action 12-gauge shotgun lying on grass near Arbery's body.

Police photos presented in court Monday showed bloodstains on the asphalt (left) and Travis McMichael’s pump-action 12-gauge shotgun lying on grass near Arbery’s body (right)

Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves and used a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after they saw him running in their neighborhood.

A neighbor, William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, 52, took part in the chase and took cell phone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery on the street at close range.

During the hearing, the jury was also presented with several photos police took of Travis McMichael moments after he shot Arbery.

The photos show the younger McMichael with the jogger’s blood on his hands and arms as well as a splashing shirt, face and neck.

On Tuesday, the jury was presented with several photos taken by police by Travis McMichael after the shooting (photo)

Travis McMichael (pictured) had Arbery's blood on his hands and arms and sprayed his shirt, face and neck

On Tuesday, the jury was presented with several photos taken by police by Travis McMichael after the shooting (photo)

The jury was shown a picture of Travis McMichael covered in Ahmaud Arbery's blood

The jury was shown a picture of Travis McMichael covered in Ahmaud Arbery’s blood

Travis McMichael (left), Gregory McMichael (center) and William Bryan Jr.  (right) all have pleaded guilty to charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment

Travis McMichael (left), Gregory McMichael (center) and William Bryan Jr. (right) all have pleaded guilty to charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment

Officer William Duggan, who also responded to the scene, said that as he approached the younger McMichael, he was covered in blood and said, ‘I’m not okay.’

Gregory McMichael also had Arbery’s blood on his right hand, police have testified.

Brandeberry said when he arrived at the scene shortly after the fatal shooting that McMichael told him he was getting blood on himself because he was moving Arbery’s arm – as he was leaning on the ground – to check on him for a weapon.

‘I did not know if he (Arbery) had a weapon or not. I take no chances, McMichael told the officer, explaining why he was touching the body, Brandeberry recalled.

McMichaels and Bryan have all pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

The jury, as the prosecution claims is disproportionately white, enters the fourth day of testimony ion Wednesday.

The panel of 12 jurors includes only one black jury. Despite objections from the prosecution, Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley allowed the jury to be sworn in.

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