THE father and son who allegedly murdered Ahmaud Arbery were denied bond as prosecutors allege they tried to "obstruct justice."
A Georgia judge denied Travis McMichael, 34, and his father Greg McMichael, 60, release on bail on Friday because he deemed them to be a "danger" to the community after the shooting.
Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot in on February 23 while jogging after being chased by the father-son duo, who are white.
Prosecutors played police body cam footage during today's hearing, which was taken minutes after of the 25-year-old's brutal death in broad daylight.
The Thursday hearing comes after
- Ahmaud Arbery is shot on February 23 by two white gunmen
- The McMichaels claim they thought Arbery was a burglary suspect
- Footage of Arbery's death is leaked on May 5, prompting outrage
- His family say the killing was a "hate crime" and demand justice
- Gregory, 64, and his son Travis, 34, are arrested on May 7
- William Bryan, 50, who filmed the incidents, is arrested on May 21
- The McMichaels and Bryan are indicted on felony murder charges
The judge told the court there was "significant danger" in the McMichaels' actions based on the footage.
In the video, McMichael Sr can be heard repeatedly mentioning his police connections, which the prosecution said was an attempt to "obstruct justice."
He told the responding officers his revolver is "Glynn County-issued" and touted his experience with law enforcement.
Prosecutors alleged that he said these things "in the hopes that this will impact what investigators were doing at the time."
Arbery's mom, Wanda Cooper-Jones, was was visibly emotional when she viewed the clip for the first time at the hearing today.
On Thursday, she addressed the court and the McMichaels did not give her son and opportunity to go home so they shouldn't be allowed to either.
Cooper-Jones described being told that "one of Ahmaud's bone fragments" was discovered near the scene of the February shooting.
"They wanted to know what we wanted to do with those pieces of my son that they were still discovering in the streets," she said. "I have sat here and I've listened to the attorneys for both Travis and Gregory McMichael.
"They tried to explain that their clients believe that my son was a trespasser. On that bright, Sunday afternoon, as he ran down the streets, he was somehow engaged in a criminal enterprise."
Her voice shook as she described the shooting which "ripped [Arbery's] body into pieces" and questioned how that was the "right thing to do."
"They want to go home because in their selfish minds, they think that they're the good guys and I, and my family, are left literally to pick up the pieces.
During the powerful address, Cooper-Jones asked the court to help her get justice for her son.
Travis McMichael's friend also claimed he had been "talking about a raccoon" in a racist text about "shooting a crackhead c**n with gold teeth" while on the stand yesterday.
Prosecutor Jesse Evans asked Zachary Langford about the text, which mentioned "shooting a crackhead c**n with gold teeth with a Hi-Point .45," the NAACP of Georgia said.
“He was referring to a raccoon, I believe," Langford said, after initially claiming he didn't remember until reviewing the script.
Evans also asked the man testifying about a social media post where Langford used an Asian slur, and allegedly replied: "Ha ha ha. Sayonara you slant-eyed f #@$," The Brunswick News reported.
Langford said he did not remember that either, the AP reports.
Both McMichaels men were indicted by a grand jury back in June, facing nine felony charges.
These include four counts felony murder, one count of malice murder, two counts aggravated assault, one count false imprisonment and one count criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
They were arrested by cops in May – two months after Arbery was fatally shot.
Ex-cop Gregory McMichael alleged in a police report that when he saw Arbery, he thought he fit the description of someone who had committed a series of break-ins
“We have substantial evidence that, on the day in question, Mr. Arbery was not a jogger,” Robert Rubin, one of Travis McMichael’s attorneys said in court on Thursday.
“He was there for nefarious purposes.”
Arbery's family said he was out for a jog, alleging the shooting was a "hate crime" and a "lynching."
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