The three white men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot while he was jogging through a Glynn County, Ga., neighborhood this year, were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.
Gregory and Travis McMichael, a father and son, as well as William “Roddie” Bryan, were charged in May in the Feb. 23 killing of Arbery.
Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes announced the indictment on nine counts, including malice murder, felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
“This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud. Our team from the Cobb Judicial Circuit has been committed to effectively bringing forward the evidence in this case, and today was no exception,” Holmes 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.”
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed some legal proceedings like these, but the grand jury was able to meet Wednesday in person. The three men remain in jail without bond.
The investigation in the death of 25-year-old Arbery was stalled for several weeks following his killing.
However, arrests were made two days after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local authorities.
The McMichaels were charged with murder and aggravated assault on May 7. Bryan was arrested two weeks later on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment on May 21.
SOURCE: NPR – BRAKKTON BOOKER