Travis McMichael had a weight loss after he was arrested for shooting a black man named Ahmaud Arbery. He looked very different and thinner from the way he looked in his mugshot during his trial held in November 2021. After he was recently sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, people started wondering about the reason behind Travis McMichael's weight loss.
Travis McMichael, a former US Coast Guard, was recently sentenced to life in prison along with his father Gregory McMichael for their federal convictions on interference with rights along with attempted kidnapping and weapon use charges. On February 23, 2020, the father-son duo pursued a 25-year-old black man Ahmaud Arbery in a pickup truck because they suspected him of trespassing and burglary after which the son (Travis McMichael) confronted him and shot him to death.
With the latest development in this murder case, people who have been following this trial are searching for information about the criminals as well as the victim. They have come upon discussions of Travis McMichael's weight loss which has sparked their curiosity.
Travis McMichael's Weight Loss: The Killer of Ahmaud Arbery Lost Weight After Getting Arrested for Murder!
After Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael were both sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in the federal court, people's interest in this case has increased. And they have been googling everything related to the murder and the criminal and the victim. About the perpetrator Travis McMichael, those who have just followed this case found out about the discussions of his weight loss which has made them curious about it.
Though Travis McMichael's weight loss is not recent and happened about a year ago after his arrest, people want to know about it, especially the reasons behind weight loss. People then were speculating that he had lost weight because of the guilt over the murder of the innocent man. But nobody believes that now. It must have been because he was worried as he was facing jail time.
Either way, Travis McMichael did have a weight loss and I am pretty sure, people are hoping that it is because of the constant stress and anxiety over his future because that would be a little satisfaction. Anyway, when he was on trial on November 22, 2020, he looked drastically different than before because he had gotten a lot thinner. You could see the weight loss when you see his mugshot where he was looking quite chubby and compare it with the photos of him in the courtroom during the trial.
Not only Travis McMichael but his father Gregory McMichael also had a weight loss. His wife and cardiologist were alleged to say that Gregory's health had been declining. He reportedly had had a few heart attacks and strokes in the past. And he apparently lost weight since he was arrested for murder. His wife said it could be because of the change in diet and jail food.
The weight loss in the father-son duo was obvious but how many pounds they actually lost, it was never reported.
What Did Travis McMichael Do? The Full Story Of The Former US Coast Guard Shooting Ahmaud Arbery! Testimony and Charges!
On February 23, 2020, a 25-year-old unsuspecting and unarmed black man called Ahmaud Arbery was jogging through Satilla Shore, a neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia. A white father-son duo Gregory and Travis McMichael spotted him and then suspected that he was the man behind a string of burglaries in the area without any solid reasons or evidence to back it up.
The men then grabbed a .357 Magnum handgun and a shotgun and pursued the young black man in a pickup truck. They tried to cut him off and chased him around their suburban neighborhood before the son Travis McMichael fatally shot him three times at close range to death. The whole thing was recorded on a cellphone by their neighbor William Bryan who joined in on the pursuit in a different vehicle.
Two months passed after the murder of Ahmaud Arbery without any arrests made for it. Only when the footage of the cold-blooded murder that the neighbor had recorded went viral did the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrest the murderer McMichaels. William Bryan was also arrested shortly after.
On June 24, 2020, the three men were charged with malice murder, felony murder, and other crimes. Their trial began in November 2021. In the trial, Travis McMichael testified that he had acted in self-defense. He told the court,
It was obvious that he was attacking me, that if he had gotten the shotgun from me, it was a life-or-death situation.
The prosecutors argued that the situation that called for the need for self-defense was created by themselves and that racism was a key factor in the case. The lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski told the jury that all three of those defendants did everything they did based on assumptions - not on facts and evidence.
"You can't create the situation and then go 'I was defending myself'," she said, adding that the decision of going after Ahmaud Arbery was taken because he 'was a black man running down the street.'
The Glynn County Superior Court declared them guilty and all three of them were convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. On January 7, 2022, Gregory and Travis McMichael were sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole plus 20 years. After a month, they were found guilty of attempted kidnapping and the hate crime of interference with rights and use of firearms.