Grand jury indicts three men in Ahmaud Arbery killing case

The case has captured national attention even before the death of George Floyd in Minnesota

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June 24, 2020 - 7:38pm

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A grand jury in Atlanta on Wednesday indicted three men – including a father and son – in connection to the Feb. 23 killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

Prosecutor Joyette Holmes announced that a Glynn County grand jury has indicted father and son Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and felony murder. 

A video and other reports indicate Arbery was jogging in a neighborhood when the McMichaels pursued him in a pickup truck. A brief altercation ensued and Arbery was shot. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation in May indicated that Travis McMichael shot Arbery.

Greg McMichael, who is white, has told authorities that he suspected that Arbery, an African-American, was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son prior to the shooting.

The Associated Press reported that a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent has testified that Bryan said he saw the McMichaels passing and joined their pursuit. The outlet reported that an arrest warrant for Bryan in May indicated that the man attempted "to confine and detain" Arbery absent legal authority to do so by "utilizing his vehicle on multiple occasions" prior to the shooting. Bryan's video of the incident captured national attention.

The case is one of several recently that has sparked protests about resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud," Holmes said in a Facebook post. "Our team from the Cobb Judicial Circuit has been committed to effectively bringing forward the evidence in this case and today was no exception."


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