The jury, which heard a federal case of hate crimes against three people sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ahmaud Arbury, heard many shocking and racially abusive remarks found in text messages found from the phones of two defendants.
Travis McMichael, a man convicted of killing a 25-year-old runner, reportedly wrote an SMS to a friend saying he loved his job because “zero works for me.” Commenting on an online video of a black man lighting a firecracker in his nose, he sent a message to a friend saying, “It would be cool if it blew my head off.” Prosecutors also provided more convincing evidence of alleged hate crimes, as witnesses testified that Travis McMichals expressed extreme hatred of blacks and urged residents to drive them away in their cars.
On Monday morning, federal prosecutors told the court and the jury, which consisted of eight whites, three blacks and one Latin American, that at least one of The assassins of Ahmaud Arberi has a history of the use of racial insults.
During his introductory remarks, the Assistant Attorney General of the United States Bobby Bernstein revealed texts by Travis McMichael –– who pulled the trigger, killing Arbury –– sent to a friend in which he called black people “animals, criminals, monkeys, inhuman savages.”
“Zero [N-words] work with me, ”Travis wrote in a statement. “They ruined everything. So I love what I’m doing now. No. [N-word] in plain sight. “
The text from Travis McMichael’s father could not be presented as evidence because his phone messages were encrypted. But after the death of the civil rights leader Julian Bond in 2015, a witness says Gregory McMichael said: “I wish he had been buried many years ago. He is nothing but trouble. These blacks are nothing but trouble». McMichael was an investigator at the provincial office when he made remarks.
It is planned to testify in court.
Just four days before that William “Roddy” Brian joined the neighbors, Travis and Gregory McMichael in pursuit of Arbery in the Brunswick neighborhood, Prosecutors say he used racial insults to describe a black man his daughter was dating at the time..
“She is dating Fr. [N-word] now, ”Brian wrote in the text, prosecutors note, noting that Brian has repeatedly called Black Man the word N in messages and also described him as a monkey.
The revelation became known as one of several examples of Brian’s use of racial insults before the murder of a 25-year-old boy who was jogging on February 23, 2020.
Brian along with McMichael was convicted of murdering the state and sentenced to life imprisonment. Now, in Fr. federal court on hate crimesprosecutors say the three men targeted Ahmaud because of his race.
“Using racial insults is not illegal,” Bernstein told the jury. “But these insults can give you evidence of why the defendant did what he did.”
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