One of the three men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was killed while jogging, allegedly used a racial slur as Arbery lay dying from gunshot wounds, a Georgia law enforcement agent said during a court hearing Thursday.
The revelation came during a preliminary hearing for Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, two men charged in Arberyâ€™s murder.Â William â€œRoddieâ€ Bryan Jr., who recorded the shooting on a cellphone and is also charged in Arberyâ€™s murder, waived his right to appear Thursday.
In a statement to investigators, Bryan said Travis McMichael shot Arbery and then called him a â€œfucking niggerâ€ prior to police arriving to the scene,Â Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Richard Dial testified.
Dialâ€™s testimony marked the first court statement suggesting Arberyâ€™s killing was about race, CBS 46 reported. The Justice Department is investigating the shooting as a hate crime, S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for Arberyâ€™s family,Â said last month.
Arbery was killed on Feb. 23 after Travis McMichael, 34, and Gregory McMichael, 64 â€• two white men â€• confronted him with guns while he was out for a jog.Â Video of the incident taken by Bryan shows Arbery attempting to run past the car of the two men before he is shot by Travis McMichael.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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