A Glynn County, Georgia, grand jury has indicted a father and son and their friend for the February 23 murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25- year-old Black man who was out for a jog.
Cobb District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes said Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William R. Bryan have been indicted for five counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony.
The General Bill of Indictment was issued June 24 .
“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,” Holmes said. The Glynn County Grand Jury was able to meet pursuant to a declaration of a statewide judicial emergency.
Arbery was shot to death in February, but it looked as though his alleged killers would never see the inside of a courtroom.
The local district attorney refused to charge McMichael’s after determining their deadly shooting of Arbery was in self-defense and because Greg McMichael was a former co-worker.
The McMichael’s weren’t arrested and charged until May 7, following the release of a cell phone video, showing Travis McMichael, who was armed with a shotgun shooting the unarmed Arbery during a brief struggle. Greg McMichael was armed with a .357 magnum pistol.The McMichael’s employed their white pickup to cut off Arbery’s running path.
Travis and Greg McMichael were trailing Arbery after accusing him burglarizing homes in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. Although, no burglaries had occurred in the neighborhood.