Because the homicide trial for slain jogger Ahmaud Arbery continues, a police officer has taken the stand to disclose what he instantly observed upon arriving on the scene.
On Monday, former Glynn County Police Officer Ricky Minshew, the primary officer to answer the killing, testified that William “Roddie” Bryan, the neighbor who drove the homicide suspects to chase Arbery, “cornered” the harmless runner together with his truck earlier than he was shot.
After arriving on the scene, Minshew noticed Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael pacing forwards and backwards because the 25-year-old Black man lay on the bottom with a “death rattle” coming from his physique. Since Arbery “appeared to be deceased,” Minshew didn’t try any life-saving measure, a choice the sufferer’s mom has criticized.
“I understand he had to go and secure the crime scene, but at the same time, he had a guy laying in the middle of the road in a pool of blood,” Wanda Cooper-Jones acknowledged.
Footage from Minshew’s physique digicam footage captured Bryan saying, “Should I have been chasing him? I don’t know.”
Bryan and the McMichael’s are on trial for the homicide of the unarmed Black runner, who they felt “looked” suspicious. Bryan has admitted that Arbery appeared exhausted as he desperately fled the trio for a number of minutes and needed to “stop and catch his breath.” All three males have been charged with homicide, in addition to aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and legal try to commit false imprisonment. If convicted, they face life in jail.