The white Georgia man accused of killing an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, used a racial slur after the fatal shooting, according to another suspect’s account to an investigator.
The allegation was revealed as the prosecution presented its case at a preliminary hearing on Thursday morning for defendants Gregory McMichael, 64, his son Travis McMichael, 34, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 50.
The defense, which was to follow the prosecution at the hearing, has yet to respond to the allegation of the slur.
Special agent Richard Dial with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said during the hearing that Bryan said that he heard Travis McMichael say, “f—ing N-word” after Arbery had been shot.
Attorneys for the McMichaels say Arbery’s death is a tragedy, “but that does not mean a crime has been committed.”
UPDATE: An investigator has testified that one of the white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery was heard saying a racist slur over his body. Evidence also alleges that Arbery was unable to escape after being repeatedly boxed in by two pickup trucks https://t.co/ttUGRAO1Fgpic.twitter.com/6rKI6JGbqq