Dunikoski additionally walked jurors by whether or not Travis McMichael may very well be trusted after displaying a video wherein Arbery is seen operating on the road simply earlier than McMichael hops into his truck to provide chase.
“He instructed you he was not going to chase or examine somebody who was armed,” Dunikoski mentioned earlier than pointing to a sequence of “maybes” uttered by McMichael throughout his testimony to jurors.
“Arbery could have run by, perhaps he has damaged [into the house]… perhaps Arbery was caught, perhaps Ahmaud Arbery is operating from the police,” Dunikoski mentioned. “He doesn’t know something. These are all of the maybes he testified to.
McMichael additionally mentioned he “assumed” Arbery was committing against the law,
“’I went down there to see if it was him,’ after which he instructed the court docket, I don’t know…” Dunikoski mentioned, noting how Travis heard about gadgets stolen locally from his mom.
“You may’t arrest somebody on unsupported gossip,” Dunikoski mentioned.
As for the McMichaels’ rivalry that they have been amicable when confronting Arbery on Feb. 23, and courteously mentioned, “I wish to speak to to you, I wish to speak to you. What occurred down the highway?”
However, the prosecution argued, what gave McMichaels’ the precise to order Ahmaud Arbery to cease?
McMichaels mentioned that it was his “impression that he may very well be a menace” after which he opined, “Who is aware of what might occur?”
Once more, Dunikoski pointed to the need that imminent hazard have to be current as a part of the self protection argument, not base uncertainty.
A digicam on the courtroom on Travis McMichael at this level confirmed the defendant shifting in his chair as his eyes darted concerning the chamber.
“Do you imagine for one minute that he was actually speaking softly to Ahmaud Arbery?” Dunikoski requested jurors. “Do you suppose this Travis McMichael who took the stand is identical individual from Feb 23 or do you suppose that is trial prep?”
The prosecutor then performed an audio clip the place McMichael is speaking to police and will be heard screamingly angrily, “Cease, god rattling it, cease” to Ahmaud Arbery.