Travis James McMichael is a white man from Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He previously lived in Theodore, Alabama, USA, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA and in Alameda, California, USA.
- He used to run a company that gives custom boat tours.
- One of his neighbors in Brunswick is William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who is 17 years older than him.
- He is Gregory Johns McMichael and Allison Leigh Hunt McMichael‘s son. His father worked as a Glynn County Police Department officer from 1982 to 1989 and an investigator for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office and from 1995 to 2019.
- In 1990, his younger sister Lindsay J. McMichael was born.
- In January 2019, he agreed with a neighbor who wrote on Facebook that thieves should be made an example of.
- “Arm up,” he wrote on Facebook in July 2019 in response to a post on local crime.
- On February 23, 2020, he and his father used their white pickup truck to chase their fellow Brunswick resident Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, then 25, who was jogging at the intersection of Satilla Drive and Holmes Road in Brunswick. He fatally shot Arbery as his father, armed with a .357 Magnum revolver, stood nearby in the truck bed. Bryan recorded the incident. Later that day, his sister Lindsay took to Snapchat to share a photo of Arbery’s dead body because she was a “true crime fan,” she told The Sun.
- On May 7, 2020, he and his father were arrested, booked into the Glynn County Jail in Dock Junction, Georgia and each charged with murder and aggravated assault.
- In April 2021, a federal grand jury indicted him, his father and Bryan each with interference with rights and attempted kidnapping. He and his father were also indicted with separate counts of using firearms during a crime of violence. A trial in federal court was set for February 7, 2022.
- Represented by Jason Sheffield, he took the stand as the defense’s first witness on November 17, 2021. Neither his father nor Bryan testified.
- He was 35 years old when he was found guilty on November 24, 2021 on all nine charges related to Arbery’s death namely malice murder, false imprisonment, criminal attempt to commit a felony, two counts of aggravated assault and four counts of felony murder.
- On February 22, 2022, a jury made up of one Hispanic person, three black people and eight white people convicted him, his father and Bryan of violating Arbery’s civil rights and targeting Arbery because Arbery was black and of attempted kidnapping. He and his father were found guilty of using a firearm during the commission of a crime.