30-year-old Lindsey McMichael, who happens to be the daughter and sister of Gregory and Travis McMichael, has admitted to sharing a photo of Ahmaud Arbery’s dead body on her Snapchat account.
Both Gregory, who is a former cop, and Travis are currently in custody for fatally shooting Arbery on camera. The photo that Lindsey shared was unedited, showing Arbery laying on the ground, bleeding profusely, surrounded with yellow police tape.
This shocked the community that is still trying to process the murder itself. Lindsey’s excuse, however, was being “a huge fan of true crime.”
“I had no nefarious or malicious intent when I posted that picture,” she said according to the Oxygen’s report from May 19th. “The thing is I’m a huge fan of true crime – I listen to four or five podcasts a week – I’m constantly watching that sort of thing. It was more of a ‘Holy sh**, I can’t believe this has happened. It was absolutely poor judgment.”
Lindsay had previously told The Sun that she witnessed Arbery murder after hearing gunshots outside the family’s house in Glynn County, Georgia. “All I saw was the look on his [Travis’s] face and he was looking very desperate… I don’t think we even exchanged a word. I’ve seen my brother in his happiest moments – I was there when his child was born and I’ve seen him in distress and I know that look… it wasn’t like some glory thing, like ‘I stalked and then got the kill that I was hoping for.”
She would later claim that there was no way their family has ever been racist or that the murder of an unarmed black man could have been racial profiling since both her father and brother have always loved her non-white boyfriends.
Lee Merritt, who is a lawyer for the Ahmaud’s family, called Lindsay’s Snapchat activity “disturbing.”
“It also highlights that there are probably more video and more images of before, during, and after Ahmaud’s murder,” added Merritt. “These images aren’t meant for public consumption in this way. It actually fits in with the pattern of the McMichael family engaging in a weird, violent form of voyeurism. First you have [Greg] McMichael sharing with a news station a video of the murder, then you have his daughter sharing an image of Ahmaud’s bullet-ridden body on Snapchat. It’s deeply disturbing behavior.”