Robert Rubin, a defense attorney representing convicted murderer Travis McMichael, expressed surprise on Wednesday that the video showing his client shooting Ahmaud Arbery didn't help his case.
While speaking with reporters outside the courtroom after the jury rendered its verdict, Rubin broke down the jury's decision and expressed bewilderment about why jurors thought video of the shooting was seen as evidence that his client should be convicted of murder.
"We were glad they wanted to look at the video because we felt from day one that the video showed that Travis McMichael acted in self-defense," he said. "Obviously the jury felt very differently than we did, and maybe we had our own little tunnel vision going, but I always thought the video was helpful to us."
In fact, the video of the shooting that was leaked to the media was what prompted prosecutors to press charges against McMichael in the first place.
McMichael was convicted on Wednesday on charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Rubin described McMichael as "very stoic" in response to the verdict while talking with reporters.
"He's a strong man," he said. "He understood the potential consequences in this, and whatever he was feeling, he was holding it to himself."
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