Lawyers for the Georgia father and son duo charged with murder over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery have insisted that there was no racial motive behind the shooting, and that the men were not 'a caricature of a Southern vigilante racism'.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, have been jailed since their arrests in May, more than two months after they chased and shot Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was jogging through their Brunswick neighborhood.
A third man, William 'Roddie' Bryan joined in the chase in his pickup, and videotaped the end of it.
Bryan was denied bond by Judge Timothy Walmsley in July.
The McMichaels also remain in jail, and should have their bond hearings in the coming weeks.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, have been jailed since their arrests in May, more than two months after they chased and shot Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was jogging through their Brunswick neighborhood
Arbery was out jogging in Brunswick on February 23 when he was spotted by Gregory McMichael, who claims he believed the 25-year-old looked like a burglary suspect
On Friday the McMichaels' attorneys insisted that their clients were honorable men.
'He is not a stereotype, he is not a caricature of a Southern vigilante racism that he's been made out to be,' said Bob Rubin of Travis McMichael.
'He's actually a man who's lived a very good life, a life of helping others.'
Frank Hogue, who represents Greg McMichael, said the pair acted in defense of a neighboring property.
Hogue said Arbery had been filmed at least two times on a security video inside a house under construction a few doors down.
Arbery was shot and killed while out jogging
'This is what was in their head,' Hogue said.
'Not the narrative you're hearing: Ah, there's a Black man running in our neighborhood. Let's go track him down and shoot him.' It's far from that.'
'This case is not about race,' he said. 'Mr Arbery was not targeted because he was black.'
Arbery was out jogging when he was gunned down.
All three of the accused men have pleaded not guilty.
An agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Richard Dial, testified that Arbery may have stopped at the unfinished house to ask for water during his run.
Police found nothing from inside the home on Arbery's body.
But Larry English, the man who owned the home under construction, had told police and neighbors he had had thousands of dollars in electronics and fishing equipment stolen from his boat in late 2019.
Jason Sheffield, Rubin's law partner, said: 'Is this really about water? Is it about trying to study electrical design? What is this about exactly? Has he tried to get into other people's homes?
'All these questions are sort of out there that we're seeking to answer. But it's not about an episode of jogging.'
Sheffield said that the McMichaels had confronted white people they