A Georgia judge denied bail on Friday to two of three men accused of gunning down Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man whose slaying helped ignite a summer of national protests against systemic racism.
Travis McMichael, 34, and his father Gregory McMichael, 64, must remain behind bars, according to a ruling by Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley after hearing testimony and arguments on the matter Thursday and Friday.
Their neighbor and co-defendant, William “Roddie” Bryan, had been denied bail earlier this summer.
In June, a grand jury indicted all three men on suspicion of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
The decision came after Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, asked the judge to deny the father and son bail because she said they would do the same thing again.
“These men are proud of what they’ve done,” she said. “In their selfish minds, they think they’re good guys.”
In court on Thursday, Cobb County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans described social media posts and text messages from Travis McMichael that contained a racial slur and expressed “neo-Confederate views.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, David K. Li and Tim Stelloh