A Louisiana police officer testified Monday that the man who allegedly shot and killed 14-year-old Ahman Green said to him after the shooting, “I just f–king killed somebody,” court records show.
Travis McMichael faces first-degree murder charges in the death of the child. His defense contends he was acting in self-defense.
In the courtroom, Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Dominic Hare said McMichael told him: “I am innocent, but she (the victim) was aggressive toward me. I’m sure it was justified,” according to The Advocate.
“I shot him as soon as I saw his hands,” Hare testified, the paper said.
Hare later encountered another officer and told him that McMichael confessed to shooting Ahman, the paper said. McMichael is accused of shooting the child twice in the head in April 2016.
McMichael’s lawyer, Greg Burns, has said his client was living at a trailer park on North Laurel Street in Touro when he shot the teen.
“He told the officers that he and the other tenant in the apartment that Ahman was living in were arguing,” Burns said, according to The Advocate. “He says that he heard Ahman saying something along the lines of, ‘You are going to get beaten up in here’ and ‘This is your neighborhood.’”
McMichael then saw a pair of hands move towards his own, Burns said.
“At that point he took his rifle and shot the boy several times in the head,” Burns said.
The prosecution will present its case in the case on Tuesday.
CNN has reached out to McMichael’s lawyers and prosecutors for comment.
CNN legal analyst Kelly Simon said Monday that McMichael “had a very good chance of being found not guilty.”
Simon said prosecutors have presented substantial evidence to support the murder charge against McMichael, including his admission to his crime and the chaotic nature of the incident at the time.
Simon said it’s clear McMichael was “never allowed to leave the trailer.”
“Travis McMichael was not letting anybody go on that property,” she said.