3 Georgia Men Accused of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery Plead Not Guilty to the Crime

Three men from Georgia, including a father and his son, pleaded not guilty to the murder of a Black man they shot and killed in their neighborhood last year. 

Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot by three Georgia natives on February 23, 2020. The suspects appeared before a federal judge on May 11, 2021, on federal hate crime charges for his death. 

They were summoned before a judge on Tuesday afternoon as federal prosecutors went ahead with their case, despite the state murder charges still pending against them.

Pictured - A gavel used by a judge in a court of law | Source: Pixabay

Pictured - A gavel used by a judge in a court of law | Source: Pixabay

The judge has set a trial for the state's case for October. Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, chased after Arbery with their guns after they caught him jogging in their neighborhood.

Their neighbor, William Bryan, accompanied the pair and took a video of Travis shooting the deceased three times at close range.

The three perpetrators, who are all white, were charged with violating Arbery’s civil rights, including attempted kidnapping on April 28.

The McMichaels were also charged with using firearms in the act of crime. The prosecution states the trio illegally injured, intimidated, and interfered with Arbery because of his skin color and race.

 

Arbery’s family showed gratitude to their supporters and the federal government outside the courthouse during the indictment. Their attorney said it was an intense day for them. 

S. Lee Merrirr added it was for the first time that Arbery's family shared a courtroom with the suspects that took his life, calling them murderers.

 

Following nearly a year after Arbery’s death, the Georgia law that initially protected his killers from facing charges is about to be amended. 

Governor Brian Kemp announced during the arraignment that he would support a plan to reform the state's more than 150-year-old citizen's arrest law. 

 A protester holds a sign that reads, "Black Lives Matter" with three painted portraits of George Floyd visible behind in Brooklyn Borough, on June 19, 2020 New York | Photo: Getty Images

A protester holds a sign that reads, "Black Lives Matter" with three painted portraits of George Floyd visible behind in Brooklyn Borough, on June 19, 2020 New York | Photo: Getty Images

A year ago, another black man George Floyd was killed at the hands of white law enforcement officers. Video footage showed the 46-year-old lying in the street begging for his life.

One police officer kneeled on Floyd for more than eight minutes till his death. Author Arica Coleman called the tragic incident a modern-day lynching.

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