Ahmaud Arbery: Videos show 'frequent visitors' at construction site, owner says jogger may have been 'looking for water'
The lawyer said that although the water sources are not visible in the videos, his movement suggests that he was moving to and from where they were located at the site
When Ahmaud Arbery went into a construction site on the day of his death, he may have been looking for a drink of water there, the property owner's lawyer has said. The homeowner, Larry English's attorney, J. Elizabeth Graddy, in a statement on Friday, May 15, said that surveillance footage showing a young black man resembling Arbery walking on the premises suggests that he may have been looking for a faucet while he was jogging on February 23.
A father and son duo, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael — a former police officer — and 34-year-old Travis McMichael, shot 25-year-old Arbery dead on February 23 on a street in Brunswick, Georgia in broad daylight while he was jogging. The pair reportedly suspected him to be a burglar running around the neighborhood. Arbery was shot thrice and was reported dead on the scene. After a video of the assault was recently released on social media, the incident sparked a widespread racial outcry in the country and has led many to question why the suspects were arrested only after the outrage. No arrests were made in the case for over two months.
The lawyer said that although the water sources are not visible in the cameras, Arbery's movement suggests that he was moving to and from where they were located at the site. Graddy revealed her theory as more videos from the construction site emerged, showing multiple people visiting the site Arbery had gone into before he was fatally shot. The emergence of new videos has prompted the Arbery family's lawyers to question why the 25-year-old was the only one who was considered a "criminal" when others trespassed too.
At least four security camera videos were released by Graddy on May 15, three from December 17 and one from February 11, showing a man who looks like Arbery wearing a t-shirt and shorts and walking on the site.
"It now appears that this young man may have been coming onto the property for water," Graddy in a statement said. "There is a water source at the dock behind the house as well as a source near the front of the structure. Although these water sources do not appear within any of the cameras' frames, the young man moves to and from their locations," according to the Daily Mail.
The property lawyer's statement comes after Arbery's family lawyer, S Lee Merritt, released a video showing "frequent visitors" on the site Arbery visited. The video showed two people walking into the property and later two young boys walking in too. Watch the new videos here.
"New video shows there were frequent visitors on the construction site where Ahmaud was seen leaving on the day he was killed both day & night," the lawyer said. "Ahmaud Arbery seems to be the only one who was presumed to be a criminal and ultimately the only one murdered based on that presumption."
"More alleged 'trespassers' entering the construction site where Ahmaud Arbery was last seen before his murder," the lawyer added talking of the two boys. "These children were not implicated in any crimes due to their presence at this location. No white person ever was."
The McMichaels have been jailed on murder charges since May 7. Latest reports state that the two men are being held in a separate wing of the Glynn County Detention Center, in Brunswick, Georgia.