A prosecutor on Wednesday announced that three men have been indicted on murder charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.
Prosecutor Joyette Holmes said a Glynn County grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and felony murder in the death Arbery.
Arbery was slain Feb. 23 when the McMichaels, a white father and son, armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-old Black man running in their neighbourhood. Greg told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son before being shot.
Bryan lives in the same subdivision, just outside the port city of Brunswick. Bryan said he saw the McMichaels driving by and joined the chase, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified earlier this month.
It wasn’t until May 7 — two days after Bryan’s cellphone video leaked online and stirred a national outcry — that the McMichaels were charged. Bryan was arrested May 22 on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. An arrest warrant says Bryan tried “to confine and detain” Arbery without legal authority by “utilizing his vehicle on multiple occasions” before Arbery was shot.
In addition to the malice and murder charges, the McMichaels and Bryan each are charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.