Cobb District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes announced on Wednesday that the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot dead after being pursued in a neighborhood of South Georgina have been indicted on murder charges by a grand jury of Georgia.
Holmes, who is the specially appointed prosecutor in the case, told in a press conference that the Glynn County’s Grand Jury has indicted Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael. and William R. Bryan on nine counts, including four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, malice murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
According to the authorities, on February 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man was jogging outside Brunswick, Georgia when Gregory McMichael and his son Travis pursued him.
Arbery’s murder was captured in a disturbing video, which caused a national outcry. 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son Travis, who are white, told the police that they chased Arbery because they thought he was a robbery suspect and acted in self-defense during a confrontation. Shortly after the state investigation began and the video was made public, they were accused of murder and aggravated assault after two and a half months. Authorities say that Brian, the third man indicted in the case, locked Arbery in his truck.
Holmes said in the press conference:
“This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud. Our team from the Cobb Judicial Circuit has been committed to effectively bringing forward the evidence in this case, and today was no exception. We will continue to be intentional in the pursuit of justice for this family and the community at large as the prosecution of this case continues.”
Some legal proceedings have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic but the grand jury was able to meet in person on Wednesday. The three suspects remain in jail without bond. 25-year-old Arbery’s death investigation was also suspended for several weeks.
However, the three suspects were arrested two days after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local authorities.