The three men who were arrested in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery — an unarmed 25-year-old black man who went jogging near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia — have been indicted on murder charges.
On Wednesday, the office of Cobb County District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes announced that the Glynn County grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and William R. Bryan on malice and felony murder charges for Arbery’s death.
Each of the three defendants faces nine counts: one charge of malice murder, four charges of felony murder, two charges of aggravated assault, one charge of false imprisonment, and one charge of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
“This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud,” Holmes said in a statement, adding, “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.”
On February 23, Travis allegedly fired three shots from a shotgun at Arbery as Gregory, also armed, watched the shooting while standing in the bed of a pickup truck.
William, Travis and Gregory’s neighbor, filmed the incident on his cell phone.
According to a police report, Gregory appears to suggest that William participated in the chase by telling an officer that William “attempted to block” Ahmaud as he ran.
While Travis and Gregory were arrested on May 7, William was arrested on May 21.
During a preliminary hearing earlier this month, Richard Dial, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assistant special agent in charge of the case, testified that William heard Travis use a racial slur while standing over Arbery’s body.