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Judge steps off bench after 'lack of respect' from Travis McMichael's attorney in death of Ahmaud Arbery trial

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William "Roddy" Bryan, who recorded the video, are all charged with murder in Arbery's death.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — **WARNING: Videos contained in this article may be disturbing to some.

The trial in the death of Ahmaud Arbery continued Tuesday morning in Brunswick after the jury heard from three witnesses Monday, including some of the first law enforcement officers to arrive on the scene after Arbery's death.

Arbery was shot and killed on Feb. 23, 2020. Cellphone video leaked to the public shows two armed white men in a truck approaching the 25-year-old Black man as he runs down the road. One of the men, later identified as Travis McMichael, and Arbery struggle over McMichael's shotgun before Arbery is shot and collapses.

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William "Roddy" Bryan, who recorded the video, are all charged with murder in Arbery's death.

Live blog updates:

The time stamps below are approximations.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

5:28 p.m.: Court has ended for the day. It will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

4:25 p.m.: Judge Timothy Walmsley steps off the bench in a flurry, saying that Jason Sheffield, attorney for Travis McMichael, showed a lack of respect for what the court is trying to do.

"Mr. Sheffield, you can agree or disagree with this court, that is your prerogative, but to act in the way you just did in front of this panel, I don't care if you like my rulings or not, if you like me or not, but in this court, the Superior Court, it is (incomprehensible) ... that counsel show at least respect for what the court is doing."


4:20 p.m.: (VIA POOL) As Pogue was doing his cross, Sheffield began filling a couple of big pages on his board with the following notes in large letters – it was all very visible to the gallery.

Written in an interesting jumble of upper- and lower-case letters was:

  • GREG McM
  • Numerous Ent. Auto Burgl Breakins
  • THIS guy – breaking  - this house down there

4:02 p.m.: Defense to Marcy: talks about what Greg was saying about break-ins in the neighborhood, the fear of Arbery having a gun. Asks Marcy if Greg said he was trying to stop Arbery so that he could be arrested. Marcy answers yes.

Wanda Cooper-Jones overheard saying "arrested for what, though?" according to pool.

3:11 p.m.: Defense attorney Hogue: talking about statements Greg McMichael made to Marcy: Hogue says Greg said to Marcy the day of the shooting if Arbery had just turned around, said where he was coming from "it would be a whole different ballgame."  

2:01 p.m.: BACK FROM LUNCH: State continues to question Marcy. Marcy says he was the one who downloaded the video of the shooting from Bryan's phone. State shows Marcy video of Arbery in home under construction. Asks if Marcy sees him take anything, responds no. 

1:45 p.m.: Defense says state trying to prove Greg is lying about number of crimes in area. State says she's only trying to show there was just 1 burglary call, 4 entering autos. Gough: suggesting this "was not a neighborhood on edge" is inappropriate.

1:43 p.m.: Prosecutor asks Marcy about burglaries Greg McMichael talks about had happened in area. Witness said did own research in GCPD system and pulled reports. Defense objects, saying it's hearsay since Marcy wasn't responding officer. 

11:57 a.m.: A prosecutor asks Marcy if Gregory McMichael ever told him he was making a citizen's arrest, trying to detain Arbery. Marcy says no, just like Brandeberry said no when asked the same question and Minshew when asked whether Bryan mentioned a citizen's arrest. 

11:17 a.m.: The state is now questioning its sixth witness, Detective Parker Marcy with the Glynn County Police Department. Marcy says an officer brought Travis McMichael to the police headquarters, where they took more photos of him with blood on him. Gregory McMichael arrived at the headquarters around the same time and told Marcy he knew Bryan for years.

10:31 a.m.: The defense begins its cross-examination of Brandeberry. Travis McMichael's attorney Jason Sheffield plays some of Brandeberry's body camera footage showing his partner talking to McMichael. McMichael tells her "Just do whatever you have to do." Sheffield argues this shows he is being cooperative, not trying to flee the scene.

10:05 a.m.: A prosecutor asks Brandeberry if Gregory McMichael ever told him he was making a citizen's arrest and trying to detain Arbery. Brandeberry says no. The state asked Officer Minshew the same question yesterday regarding Bryan, and he also said no. This conflicts with the defense's key argument that the men were making a citizen's arrest.

RELATED: Georgia House votes unanimously on bill to overhaul citizen's arrest law following Ahmaud Arbery's death

9:52 a.m.: The state is questioning the fifth witness, Glynn County Police Department Officer Jeff Brandeberry, who responded to the scene the day Arbery was shot and killed. He says Gregory McMichael told him Arbery broke into a house under construction "several times" and it was on video.

9:46 a.m.: Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery Sr., arrives at the courthouse.

9:43 a.m.: Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, walks into court.

9:13 a.m.: Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough walks into court.

9 a.m.: Court is scheduled to resume.

RELATED: Jurors 'squirm in their seats' seeing graphic crime scene photos on second day of testimony in death of Ahmaud Arbery trial

Monday, Nov. 8

5 p.m.: Court ends for the day.

3:34 p.m.: Both sides have wrapped up questioning of state's third witness, Officer Minshew. Wanda Cooper-Jones and Arbery's sister are in courtroom. Victim advocate warns more body cam footage is coming. Marcus Arbery Sr. also in courtroom, and Travis' mother (Greg's wife) 

2:06 p.m. Defense cross examining. Plays Minshew's body camera video where Minshew says he hears Greg say "he had no choice," body camera shows what defense says is Greg consoling Travis, video shows Greg's arm around Travis 

12:15 p.m.: Court breaks for lunch. Set to resume at 1:15 p.m.

12:13 p.m.: The state is now showing video of the shooting taken by Bryan. Unlike Friday when there were technical issues, the video includes audio and three shotgun blasts can be heard.

12:07 p.m.: On the day of the shooting, Minshew says, Bryan told him Arbery looked tired and stopped at one point to catch his breath. "It was almost like the Black guy was tired of running," Bryan told Minshew that day.

11:59 a.m.: Minshew says Bryan told him he was working on his porch when he saw a Black man run by and a white truck following him. Bryan said he didn't recognize the "Black guy" or the men in the truck, Minshew says.

11:57 a.m.: The jury and witness are brought back in. Minshew says he spoke with Bryan at the scene, asking him "You're a passerby?" Bryan said "Not necessarily," then told Minshew what happened and that he was involved in the chase.

11:43 a.m.: The judge reprimands defense attorneys Rubin and Sheffield for "throwing shots" at the other side. He says he has mentioned this before and says they are all professionals in this courtroom. The judge says he wants to hear from one attorney per issue per witness, not each legal team, since the defense has a separate set of attorneys for each defendant.

11:41 a.m.: The judge excuses the jury while defense and prosecution argue over playing body camera footage.

11:39 a.m.: Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, says to the person next to her during Minshew's testimony "He didn't even go over to help." When body camera video is admitted into evidence, Cooper-Jones leaves the courtroom. The prosecution says body camera footage won't be played, but it is in the record so that Minshew can testify about it.

11:26 a.m.: When asked why he didn't attempt CPR, Minshew says he was the only officer on scene, didn't have other officer to watch the scene or watch his back, didn't know the circumstances of scene and didn't have proper equipment to tend to Arbery. He says he couldn't "switch to medical" and watch the scene.

11:19 a.m.: Minshew says he dispatched emergency medical personnel to the scene when he saw Arbery's body in the road. He says he also focused on making sure there were no immediate threats on the scene and preserving the scene's integrity.

11:11 a.m.: Minshew says he responded to a call in Satilla Shores for a "suspicious Black male in the neighborhood" wearing a white shirt. He says he was driving through the neighborhood when he heard "two loud pop sounds a couple of seconds apart." Minshew says he knew it was either a firearm or fireworks.

11:05 a.m.: The state begins questioning its third witness, Officer R. Minshew, the first to respond to the shooting.

10:54 a.m.: Ramos answers yes when the defense asks if she noticed whether Travis McMichael was in a "distraught state" after the shooting. She also says yes when asked if he said he was not OK when she asked. Ramos says she came across Travis McMichael again the day after the shooting when she was canvassing the area for witnesses. She says he was still in a distraught state.

10:41 a.m.: Outside the courtroom, Arbery's Aunt Diane hugs a woman who speaks in support of the Arbery family, saying things would be different if it were three Black men in pickup trucks chasing a white man instead of the three white defendants and a Black man.

10:34 a.m.: The defense starts its cross-examination of Glynn County Police Department Investigator Sheila Ramos.

10:23 a.m.: Court breaks for a 15-minute recess.

10:20 a.m.: Several jurors "squirm in their seats" as the first few photos of Arbery are shown. Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, "exhales quietly" as Ramos describes the photos showing gunshot wounds to Arbery's chest and wrist. Ramos says one of the bullets went through the window of a nearby house and stopped in the living room wall.

10:17 a.m.: Prosecutors show photos Ramos took the day of the shooting, including closeups, long- and medium-range photos, showing the shotgun, shells, bloodstained pavement and Arbery's body covered in a blood-soaked white sheet. Ramos describes each photo.

9:26 a.m.: Marcus Arbery Sr. leaves the courtroom as prosecutors question Ramos due to the possibility of graphic crime scene photos and videos. 

9:19 a.m.: The 15 jurors enter the courtroom, including four men -- one of them the sole Black juror -- and 11 women. Two men and all of the women took seats in the jury box, and two men took seats in the gallery.

The first witness of the day is on the stand, Glynn County Police Department Investigator Sheila Ramos.

9:08 a.m.: Wife of Gregory McMichael and mother of Travis McMichael, Leigh McMichael, was waiting outside the courtroom for it to open. She is in the courtroom with her lawyer. Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery Sr., enters in Barbara Arnwine of the Transformative Justice Coalition. They are seated in the last row of the public gallery.

The victim coordinator told Arbery to expect graphic crime scene photos and videos Monday. 

9:00 a.m.: Court is scheduled to resume.

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