June 25, 2020
A grand jury has indicted the three men arrested for the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery who was shot while jogging. The indictment has a total of nine charges including four counts of felony murder and malice murder.
More than two months after Ahmaud Arbery was killed, the three men who were arrested for his fatal shooting have been indicted by a grand jury.
Fox 5 reported that Cobb District Attorney Joyette Holmes announced the indictment against Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan, which has nine charges, on Wednesday, June 24.
Ahmaud was killed on February 23 after Gregory and Travis armed themselves and chased him down in a pickup truck.
The indictment charges include malice murder, criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, false imprisonment, in addition to two counts of aggravated assault and four counts of felony murder.
Joyette revealed that the Cobb District Attorney's Office submitted the case to an existing grand jury as part of the rules guiding Georgia's statewide judicial situation.
CBS News recounted that it took two and a half months before the video of Ahmaud’s death, recorded by William, surfaced online and an investigation was launched into the occurrence. The suspects were then arrested and charged with aggravated assault and murder.
BBC News added that Ahmaud was killed on February 23 after Gregory and Travis armed themselves and chased him down in a pickup truck. The pair eventually caught up with Ahmaud and fired three shots at him — one bullet grazed the inside of one of his wrists, while the other two shells landed in his chest.
Gregory, however, later claimed that he and his son thought the late 25-year-old resembled a suspect responsible for a few local break-ins.
Earlier this month, CNN revealed that William, who has maintained his innocence, informed authorities that he heard Travis use a racial slur after he (Travis) fatally shot the former high school football player.
The testimony was made by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agent, Richard Dial, during a preliminary hearing on June 4. During cross-examination, Richard declared that William made the revelation in a GBI interview that occurred on May 13 — he had never made the accusing until then.
The June 4 hearing, which lasted an estimated seven hours, saw the presiding judge ruled that the three accused men would stand trial on the charges brought against them. Gregory is a former police detective who retired in 2019.