Three white men followed Ahmaud Abery for five minutes through a Georgia residential area. They then shot him because they believed he was inflicting home invasions in that neighborhood. However, Friday’s testimony by a local cop showed that Arbery had simply walked past a construction site months prior and was given a warning.

Robert Rash of Glynn County Police testified that he had spoken multiple times to Larry English about his unfinished house where the construction site stood, during Gregory McMichael’s murder trial. English began sending Rash video messages on October 25, 2019, showing Arbery at work. Arbery’s final text was sent Feb. 23, 2020.

Rash claimed that two outside cameras were installed on the property. One was directed towards the front corner of Rash’s house, and the other was pointed toward the dock.

Rash’s testimony came one day after the prosecution played a recorded deposition of English detailing his 911 callsAbout seeing a man in an unfinished house months before Arbery died. English has never reported any stolen items.

Arbery’s identity was unknown to Rash at the time. Prosecutors were told by Arbery that he was trying to find the male owner. Accordingly to Georgia law, there is an established protocol in place for anyone caught trespassing.

Rash told prosecutor Linda Dunikoski that he would have told Arbery to “leave and never come back” and that it would ultimately have been up to English whether Arbery would have been arrested on charges of trespassing.

Linda Dunikoski, the prosecutor, argues that Greg McMichael’s son Travis McMichael is guilty of a crime. On Tuesday, William “Roddie”, Bryan, a neighbor was also charged. Three men were charged in the killing of Ahmaud Abery, a Georgian woman, on February 20, 2020.
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Dunikoski asked Rash whether he had known Gregorgy McMichael before the shooting. Rash said he did because Gregory McMichael previously worked in the district attorney’s office in the county. Rash saw Gregory McMichael in his front yard on the afternoon of Dec. 20, 2019, and they spoke about an “unidentified Black male” at the site who was “continually” going in and out the property. Gregory McMichael was told by Rash that he had surveyed the area and no one recognized the individual.

Then he said that he suggested English contact Gregory McMichael because he knew English and believed him to be able to manage the situation.

“Greg has training and experience, and in my opinion would be an expert witness to be on the phone with 911. He would know the pertinent information officers would need,” Rash said.

“So you wanted him to be a witness?” Dunikoski asked.

“Yes,” Rash replied.

Prosecutors were told by Rash that Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael would not be police officers.

“Was it your intent to deputize them?” Dunikoski asked.

“Never,” Rash replied.

Jurors were then shown footage taken by body cameras 12 days prior Arbery’s murder. The video shows Rash at the construction site, his flashlight and gun drawn. He says, “Glynn County police — anybody in here?”

He sees all around him and knows that no one is there.

“We haven’t seen him, we searched everything,” Rash is heard saying.

Rash started canvassing his neighborhood with some neighbours.

Rash said that he watched the English footage, but that Arbery never had any items in his hand that could be taken from the site.

Rash was asked whether English had ever reported stolen items, such as electronics and plumbing material, but he said no.


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