Trav is Waiting – Murder trial transcript: Interview with a convicted murderer

Audio on BBC Radio Norfolk ‘s podcast Trav is Waiting (below) takes a look at the January shooting outside a nightclub in Norwich in which former England and Ipswich Town footballer Ahmad Arbery was…

Trav is Waiting - Murder trial transcript: Interview with a convicted murderer

Audio on BBC Radio Norfolk ‘s podcast Trav is Waiting (below) takes a look at the January shooting outside a nightclub in Norwich in which former England and Ipswich Town footballer Ahmad Arbery was killed.

Ahmad ‘Travis’ McMichael, a former footballer with Ipswich Town and Norwich City, has described feeling threatened by the man he shot.

They met at a pub in Norwich on 16 January.

The pair had met earlier in the evening in the centre of the city. He said it was the first time they had met since his arrest.

McMichael was on probation at the time.

Prosecutor Emma Nicholas said McMichael was in contact with Arbery on social media for weeks, and the first time they had met they argued about them meeting.

They had also met before the nightclub shooting but he said that was unrelated.

“I found him threatening and I needed to get him away from me,” McMichael said in an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk.

The jury at Norwich Crown Court acquitted McMichael of the murder but convicted him of the attempted murder of Maroon Kallon and Peter Muller.

Mr Kallon was shot twice, while Mr Muller was hit in the back.

The convicted man has never spoken in public about the event, his only comment was to say: “It was between two young people who were just having a bit of fun.”

His account

After the incident, he was arrested for murder.

He initially told officers he and Arbery had finished a drugs deal and were on their way to the arcade for a cigarette break when Arbery’s partner made her call on his mobile phone.

McMichael said it was this phone call that caused him to drive from his car at speeds of up to 125mph through red lights and stop on a footbridge, at which point Arbery shot him in the arm and he fired back twice, fatally wounding Arbery.

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But at trial he said his version of events was a “complete and utter fabrication”.

His testimony was described as ‘scandalous’ by the prosecution.

McMichael said he never intended to kill Arbery.

He added: “Arbery walked into the middle of the road with a gun. I still don’t understand why he chose that phone call to end it. I think it was planned.

“He shot me because he wasn’t going to get away with it.

“In a split second he was dead. He tried to kill me twice and ended up killing him.”

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