A grand jury indicted three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in February while jogging in the suspects’ coastal Georgia neighborhood, authorities announced Wednesday.
Each of the three men, who were arrested after a video of the shooting was posted online last month, now faces nine charges: four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of malice murder, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
“This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud,” Cobb County’s District Attorney Joyette Holmes, who’s prosecuting the case, said in a statement.
“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,” she added.
Ex-cop Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, are accused of chasing and killing the 25-year-old victim with the help of William “Roddie” Bryan, the neighbor who recorded the viral video outside the coastal city of Brunswick. Authorities say Bryan ambushed, blocked and even hit the young man with a truck to allow the McMichaels to kill him in broad daylight in February.
The shocking video and the two-month delay for the first arrests drew nationwide attention coming just weeks before the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Arbery’s death has also fueled allegations of racial profiling, with critics describing the killing as a modern-day lynching.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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