Lindsay McMichael, sister of Travis McMichael, who has been arrested and charged with murder alongside his father Gregory admits to posting an image of Ahmaud Arbery’s body on social media.
The latest twist in the Ahmaud Arbery case has surfaced: Lindsay McMichael, sister of Travis McMichael admitted to posting an unedited image of Arbery’s dead body on Snapchat.
According to The Sun, a lawyer for the Arbery family responded by stating the image was “deeply disturbing.” Attorney S. Lee Merritt also said, “The picture Lindsay McMichael posted was very disturbing and very disturbing to the family. It actually fits the pattern of the McMichael family engaging in a weird, violent form of voyeurism.”
We previously reported both Travis McMichael and his father Gregory were charged with murder in Arbery’s February 23 shooting death. Arbery was fatally shot after he was seen jogging in a neighborhood not far from his home in Brunswick, Georgia. Gregory reportedly first saw Ahmaud and thought he resembled a man suspected in a string of break-ins in the neighborhood. He later called his son to attempt to stop and question him.
The two of them, Gregory, with a handgun and Travis, with a shotgun then hopped in their truck and followed Ahmaud to an intersection. Travis then got out of the truck with his shotgun in his hand. Then, Arbery attempted to “elude” the McMichaels which led to a scuffle with Travis. Following this he was shot three times, he was reportedly found dead at the scene.
To be clear, the McMichaels were not charged until a video of the incident was made public. Strangely enough, Gregory McMichael leaked the video to a local news station with hopes that it would exonerate him and his son.
Lindsay also attempted to defend herself by sharing the following statements: “I had no nefarious or malicious intent when I posted that picture,” she told The Sun. “The thing is I’m a huge fan of true crime — I listen to four or five podcasts a week — I’m constantly watching that sort of thing.”
She continued to defend her father and brother by adding they never “meant to kill anybody.” Merritt went on to note, “First you have [Gregory] McMichael sharing with a news station a video of the murder, then you have his daughter sharing an image of Ahmaud’s bullet-ridden body on Snapchat.”
In another statement, S. Lee Merritt, added, “[The Snapchat image] also highlights that there are probably more video and more images of before, during and after Ahmaud’s murder – these images aren’t meant for public consumption in this way.”
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