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'There is a presumption of innocence': Attorney for Travis McMichael says case should play out in court, not in public

Travis McMichael and his father Greg are charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Travis McMichael's attorney held a press conference Thursday.

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. — The attorneys representing one of the men accused of murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery gave an update on behalf of their client Thursday afternoon.

Decatur, GA attorneys Robert Rubin and Jason Sheffield are representing Travis McMichael, the man seen on cellphone video firing the shot that took Arbery's life.

Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael are both charged with murder and aggravated assault in the investigation into Arbery's death.

“Travis [McMichael] has a presumption of innocence, that presumption of innocence follows him from now through the course of this trial until and unless a jury decides whether or not he is innocent,” Sheffield said.

Video leaked online last week showed Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory, 64, confront Arbery back on Feb. 23.

The Feb. 23 video showing Arbery being shot moments after he reportedly left a home under construction was captured on cellphone video and is key evidence in the case, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Both Gregory and Travis McMichael have been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the case.

Reporters asked attorneys why their client felt the need to confront Arbery in a “vigilante” way. Sheffield responded saying there is more information that hasn’t surfaced in this case.

“We understand what you’re saying is one of the thoughts, opinions, or maybe the facts that are being expressed out there. What we’re learning is there is a lot of information out there that will answer that particular question,” Sheffield said.

A police report released on Wednesday from the Glynn County Police Department involves both Travis and Gregory McMichael. The report is from the morning of New Year's Day. Travis' truck was parked outside the McMichael home, a short distance down the street from English's under-construction house. 

The report states Gregory moved the truck but didn't re-lock it. An hour later, Travis went to the truck, noticed his handgun was missing and he called police to report a stolen firearm.

The McMichaels have told police they followed Arbery on Feb. 23 because they suspected him of several break-ins that happened in the neighborhood and wanted to confront him about it. 

Watch Travis McMichael's attorneys' full press conference here:

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