Three men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were indicted Wednesday by a grand jury, a district attorney said.
Glynn County Grand Jury has indicted Travis McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, and William R. Bryan, said a CNN report.
Cobb District Attorney, Joyette M. Holmes, said at a press conference they are being charged with malice and felony murder in Arbery’s death.
“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,” said Holmes.
Holmes was appointed the special prosecutor in the case.
The accused were also charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, indictment record shows.
Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was jogging outside Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23rd.
When Gregory McMichael and his son Travis chased him, authorities said.
The grand jury had been impaneled before a judicial emergency was imposed due to the pandemic, said the report.
Social distancing protocols were followed when the jurors convened Wednesday morning, Holmes said.
The elder McMichael claimed there were a series of recent break-ins in the area and he thought Arbery looked like a person suspected.
However, police said, there were no string of break-ins was reported in the more than seven weeks before Arbery’s death.
The young McMichael made the video recording of the fatal shooting.
This went viral and led first to the father and son McMichael.
Investigators said they believed Bryan used his vehicle to try to “confine and detain” Arbery.
He made this multiple times in the minutes leading to Arbery’s death, an arrest warrant says.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said Arbery probably felt trapped and that he had to fight.
Special Agent in Charge Richard Dial said, “I believe Mr. Arbery was being pursued, and he ran till he couldn’t run anymore.
“(He) turned his back to a man…or fight with his bare hands against the man with the shotgun.
“He chose to fight. I believe Mr. Arbery’s decision was to just try to getaway
“(But) when he felt like he could not escape he chose to fight.”
Read more about Arbery’s tragic death here.