June 24 (UPI) – On Wednesday, a Georgian grand jury officially charged three men accused of having shot Ahmaud Arbery in February.
Gregory McMichael, 64, his son Travis McMichael, 34, and William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, each face nine counts, including murder by malicious intent, four counts of murder for crime, two counts of lane of serious facts, of false imprisonment and of a criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
“This is another step forward in the quest for justice for Ahmaud,” said Joyette Holmes, district attorney for Cobb said.
“Our Cobb Judicial Circuit team is committed to effectively presenting the evidence in this case and was no exception today. We will continue to be intentional in seeking justice for this family and community as a whole, in the prosecution of this case. the case continues. ”
Video footage of Bryan’s vehicle showed Arbery’s death on February 23 while jogging in a Brunswick neighborhood less than 2 miles from his home. It shows Arbery, 25, locked in two vans driven by the defendants. Travis McMichael then appears to get out of his vehicle and shoot Arbery three times with a shotgun.
Elder McMichael told police they chased Arbery after they suspected he had committed a series of break and enters into the area.
Richard Dial, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Travis McMichael called Arbery a racial slur after firing deadly shots.
His death preceded the murder by George Floyd police in Minnesota and the case has been part of national protests for the past few weeks against the extrajudicial killing of black Americans.