Grand jury indicts 3 men arrested for murder of Ahmaud Arbery

The Cobb District Attorney announced Wednesday that Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan have been indicted by a grand jury on felony murder charges in the death of 25-year-old Arbery, who was allegedly chased down and shot to death by the trio in February. McMichael said two shots were fired before Arbery fell to the street, according to a police report.

Gregory McMichael is also a victim of a rush to judgment, his legal team said.

"This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud".

Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Arbery's family, said the charges carry a possible death sentence, but prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek capital punishment.

The deadly shooting happened on February 23 as 25-year-old Arbery jogged through a predominately white neighborhood along Satilla Drive near Holmes Drive in Brunswick.

Cooper-Jones said, "Maybe if the McMichaels and Mr. Bryan would have known that this deal was in place, they would have probably thought more than twice before they took the law into their own hands and took Ahmaud's life". In response to widespread criticism of the local police's actions in the case, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assumed control of the investigation into the shooting, and ultimately arrested all three men.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case after the video surfaced.

Travis and Greg McMichael and William Bryant face nine charges which include malice murder and felony murder.

Bob Rubin, an attorney for Travis McMichael, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the DA only presented one side of the case to the grand jury.

Holmes said the grand jury was able to meet pursuant to a state supreme court judicial emergency guideline which allowed "time-sensitive essential matters" where "social distancing and other public health guidance" measures were followed. An indictment that we never would have gotten if that video had not been released.

He said his client has committed no crime and has cooperated with law enforcement officers from the beginning.

Even if Governor Brian Kemp signs the state hate crimes legislation passed this week, it couldn't be applied retroactively to this case, Holmes told reporters.

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