Lawyer: Arbery shooter fears he’ll be killed in state prison

Lawyer: Arbery shooter fears he’ll be killed in state prison
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 2:42 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46/AP) - The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing him in a Georgia neighborhood says he’s afraid fellow inmates will kill him if he’s sent to a state prison to serve a life sentence for murder.

That’s according to a legal filing by Travis McMichael’s defense attorney that asks a judge to keep McMichael in federal custody when he’s sentenced Monday on a hate crime conviction.

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Attorney Amy Lee Copeland wrote that McMichael has received hundreds of death threats since he killed Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in February 2020.

She says McMichael worries “he will promptly be killed” in a Georgia prison system that the Justice Department is investigating for violence between inmates.

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In February, Rep. Sandra Scott from Clayton County introduced the legislation in the Georgia House to make Feb. 23 Ahmaud Arbery Day. The date was chosen because it is the same day that Ahmaud Arbery was killed in 2020.

Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael requested acquittal of their federal hate crimes convictions related to the murder of Arbery near Brunswick, Georgia, according to CNN.