Now that Gregory and Travis McMichaels have been charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, it’s likely the pair will attempt to mount a legal argument focusing on self-defense. There’s just one problem for the father and son: there’s no way that the totality of their actions supports a claim of self-defense.
Keep in mind, according to Gregory McMichaels himself, after he say Arbery run past his home on the afternoon of Sunday, February 23rd, he ran into his home and told his son Travis “the guy is running down the street, let’s go.” Then he ran to his bedroom and retrieved a handgun, while Travis McMichael grabbed a shotgun and headed to his truck. Gregory McMichaels said he and his son grabbed their guns because they were concerned that “they didn’t know” if Arbery was armed.
The plan, according to Gregory McMichaels, was to stop Arbery and perform a citizens arrest for several burglaries that McMichaels says had recently taken place in the neighborhood. This raises two issues. The first is that, according to police reports, there was only one burglary reported between January 1st and February 23rd in the neighborhood. One of them was reported by none other than Travis McMichael, who said his father’s gun had been stolen from his unlocked truck back on January 1st.