Two arrests have been made in the fatal murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.
What We Know:
- Arbery was an unarmed black man who was shot and killed while going for a jog. He was confronted by Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, who shot Arbery before he collapsed and died, according to the bureau.
- Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. The men were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.
- The decision comes days after a cell phone video was released of Arbery’s final moments of life while he was jogging through the Brunswick neighborhood in February.
- According to the only witness in the police report, McMichael told investigators he thought Arbery was a burglary suspect and ordered him to stop. McMichael said Arbery “violently” attacked his son, and the two fought “over the shotgun” before Travis shot him twice. At the time, no charges were filed.
- McMichael is a former law enforcement officer who used to work for the local district attorney. Due to conflicts of interest, the case is now on its third prosecutor, who said he will ask a grand jury to bring charges.
- Arbery’s mother, Wanda Jones, said the cellphone footage of the incident proves her son was not committing a crime. “He was out for his daily jog and he was hunted down like an animal and killed,” Jones said. “I’m hoping that all involved, they’re indicted and they go to jail.”
- Arbery’s death sparked condemnation across the country. NBA basketball player, LeBron James was one amongst many celebrities who condemned the murder of Arbery.
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the….. pic.twitter.com/r1PNxs8Vgn
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020
- Steph Curry wrote on Instagram that it’s “sickening what’s STILL happening out here.” He went on to urge people to “respect this man and his family. Remember the name.”
According to Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, her son loved sports and he was a fan of LeBron James.