‘That’s bulls***’: Attorney disputes report Arbery trial defendant asked for plea deal

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 9:18 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 12:16 PM EST
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WTOC) - Lawyers for one of the defendants in the trial of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery asked prosecutors for a plea deal, Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt told CBS News. Merritt told CBS News the prosecution “turned it down — flat out.”

The request reportedly came from attorneys for William “Roddie” Bryan, the man who filmed the shooting of Arbery.

On Friday morning, Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough disputed this report, saying, “That’s bulls**. I’m not getting into it with you. Denied. Deny, deny, deny. I don’t know what y’all are talking about. Go ask whoever your source is.”

Merritt told CBS News that, in his opinion, Gough is concerned about the strength of the state’s case, and that the defense is showing some cracks.

Ahmaud Arbery’s father was asked about the reported plea deal. Marcus Arbery Sr. said he heard about it, but didn’t have any details. Arbery was certain, though, that he had no interest in any kind of plea deal.

“If y’all would’ve thought about my son, y’all would’ve let him run, he would’ve still been living today. So, the family is not going with no plea deal. We want full justice,” he said.

Outside the courthouse, Travis McMichael’s attorney, Jason Sheffield, was asked if he’d heard anything about a plea deal.

“I’ve heard that there’s supposed to be talks about a plea deal. I don’t know anything about it,” Sheffield said.

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