The men were arrested more than two months after the gunshot death and charged with serious crime and aggravated assault. “The truth will reveal that it is not just another act of violent racism,” attorney for men Frank Hogue said at a press conference. “Greg McMichael did not commit murder. “
Gregory McMichael told police after the shooting that he and his son chased Arbery because they thought he looked like a suspect in a series of recent burglaries, according to a police report. A fight ensued between Arbery and Travis McMichael, who was armed with a shotgun, according to the report and a video that appears to show the incident. Arbery was shot three times, including two in the chest, according to an autopsy report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
New surveillance videos released
Homeowner Larry English has confirmed by surveillance video that several people have broken into his home which is under construction. Arbery was the only one killed.
CNN obtained 11 surveillance video clips from October 25, 2019 to February 23, 2020 from English lawyer J. Elizabeth Graddy on Saturday. Two of these videos were obtained by CNN before this week and six others were sent on Friday.
Three new videos show a man and woman entering the property, children entering the property and an unidentified man entering the property on different occasions.
Some of the videos provided were dated October 25, 2019, November 18, 2019, December 17, 2019, February 11, 2020 and February 23, 2020. The videos with dates were sent to CNN by Graddy with the dates as titles.
Eight clips were dated and three clips, two showing children entering the house and one clip showing a man and woman entering, were not dated.
On October 25, a night video shows an adult black man walking around the house, which is under construction and descends to the poles.
In a month, a black adult man is seen in the house on two separate videos taken on November 18. The man is shirtless and walks around the house.
The following month, December 17, three separate clips show a black adult man walking around the house at night before running empty-handed.
A video on February 11 shows the headlights of a car passing by the house at night before seeing an adult black man walking around the house.
The last video, which is the only video that has been confirmed to be Arbery, was taken during the day of February 23. She shows him walking around the house which is still under construction.
Only one video is confirmed as Arbery
Arbery’s family previously confirmed to CNN that a video, dated February 23, 2020, showed him in the house before filming.
Asked about the new videos, S. Lee Merritt, lawyer for the Arbery family, said that he was not going to continue questioning the family about the people seen in the surveillance video.
“I chose to stop questioning the grieving family of Ahmaud Arbery about the images of the cameras mounted on the Larry English site, because Mr. English himself stated that there was no criminal activity never happened and it is clear that Ahmaud was at the scene in the past along with many other people, “Merritt said in a statement sent by email to CNN.
Graddy told CNN that the owner did not know anyone seen in the videos transmitted to his phone by his security system each time someone entered the property.
“We don’t know who the individuals in the night videos are and we never have them,” Graddy said in an emailed statement. “The reason Larry English sent the videos to his neighbor … in the first place was to ask, ‘Do you know any of these people?’ “
CNN’s Angela Barajas and Martin Savidge contributed to this report.