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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Three men indicted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery

The three men including a father and his son accused in the February 23 shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery were indicted Wednesday June 24, by a grand jury.

Glynn County's Grand Jury indicted Travis McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, and William R. Bryan on malice and felony murder charges in Arbery's death, Cobb District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes said at a press conference.

"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," said Holmes, the specially appointed prosecutor in the case.

The charges also include aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, according to the indictment.

Holmes also confirmed that Arbery's family was notified about the indictment of the trio.

"They had no idea when some of the next steps would happen after the last preliminary hearing," Holmes said, adding "they were extremely happy" about the true bill.

Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was killed on February 23 when Greg and Travis McMichael, a white father and son, armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-old as he ran through their neighborhood.

He died from three shotgun wounds, two of them to the chest during a clash with Travis McMichael.

Greg McMichael told police he suspected Mr. Arbery was a burglar and that he attacked his son before being shot.

The third suspect, William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. was arrested with the warrant alleging he tried ‘to confine and detain’ Mr. Arbery without legal authority by ‘utilizing his vehicle on multiple occasions’ before the victim was shot.

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