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On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was murdered in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, United States. Arbery had been pursued by three White residents – Travis McMichael and his father Gregory, who were armed and in one vehicle, and William "Roddie" Bryan, who was in another vehicle and recorded the pursuit and shooting on his cell phone. After Travis exited his vehicle and wielded a shotgun, Travis and Arbery engaged in a physical confrontation, during which Travis shot Arbery. Police interview transcripts detailed that Gregory initiated the chase after seeing Arbery running past his house, suspecting that Arbery had committed burglary or theft in Satilla Shores, but no evidence has emerged of Arbery doing so. According to police testimony, Bryan told police that he saw the chase and joined in independently, but was not sure if Arbery had done anything wrong. Arbery had entered an under-construction house with no doors five times in five months, including once shortly before the shooting. Security camera video from inside the house showed no evidence of theft.The Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) said the Brunswick District Attorney's Office advised them on February 23 to make no arrests, while the Brunswick District Attorney's Office denied that its top officeholders gave such advice. Waycross District Attorney George Barnhill twice advised the GCPD to make no arrests, once on February 24, before he was assigned to the case on February 27, and a second time on April 2 while announcing his intention to recuse himself from the case due to connections between his son and Gregory McMichael. Barnhill requested recusal on April 7, and the case was sent to the Atlantic District Attorney's Office on April 13. At the behest of Gregory McMichael, a local attorney provided a copy of the video of the shooting to local radio station WGIG, who posted it to their website on May 5. The video went viral, having also been posted on YouTube and Twitter. Within hours, Atlantic District Attorney Tom Durden said a grand jury would decide whether charges would be brought, and accepted an offer from Governor Brian Kemp to have the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) investigate the case.The GBI arrested the McMichaels on May 7 and Bryan on May 21, charging them with felony murder and other crimes. Meanwhile, the case was ultimately transferred to the Cobb County District Attorney's Office. Additional evidence was presented by the prosecutor to support the murder charges, including a statement to the GBI by Bryan that Travis said "fucking nigger" as Arbery lay dying. On June 24, 2020, a grand jury indicted each of the three men on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and other crimes. The three men later went on trial in November 2021 in the Glynn County Superior Court, where they were convicted on November 24, 2021. On the charge of malice murder, the jury only convicted Travis McMichael. For the other charges, the jury convicted all three men of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. All three convicted now face a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, with the judge yet to decide on the possibility of parole.The local authorities' handling of the case, whereby the McMichaels were not arrested until 74 days after the murder, after the video went viral, sparked nation-wide criticism and debates on racial profiling in the United States. Numerous religious leaders, politicians, athletes, and other celebrities condemned the incident. Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr formally requested the intervention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the case on May 10, 2020, which was granted the following day. In April 2021, a federal grand jury indicted the three men, charging all with a hate crime and attempted kidnapping, while the McMichaels were also charged with using firearms during a crime of violence. Separately, former Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson was indicted in September 2021 for "showing favor and affection" to Gregory (her former subordinate) during the investigation, and for obstructing law enforcement by directing that Travis not be arrested. In the aftermath of the murder, Georgia enacted hate crimes legislation in June 2020, then repealed and replaced its citizen's arrest law in May 2021.
Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, nicknamed "Maud" or "Quez", was a 25-year-old lifelong resident of Brunswick, Georgia. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 2012, where he was a football star. As a linebacker, he was known for his speed and agility. Among his teachers and friends, he was known for his sense of humor and big heart. He frequently ran for exercise, including regularly in the neighborhood of Satilla Shores. He attended South Georgia Technical College during fall 2012 and spring 2013 to train for a career as an electrician. He paused his studies to save money by working in his father's car wash and landscaping business, and had plans to re-enroll. At the time of his murder, he was near the end of a probation period due to carrying a gun to a high school football game in 2013 and attempted shoplifting in 2017.
Gregory McMichael, age 64, previously worked as a GCPD officer from 1982 to 1989, and as an investigator for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office from 1995 to his retirement in May 2019. In 2018, McMichael had helped an investigation in the DA's office about Arbery's shoplifting charge, which led to a subsequent revocation and extension of Arbery's probation. It is unknown whether McMichael remembered this when he encountered Arbery on the day of the shooting; there was no mention of McMichael's previous affiliation with Arbery in the Glynn County Police report on that day. The prosecution later said Arbery's charges had nothing to do with his murder.
Travis McMichael, age 34, Gregory McMichael's son, former U.S. Coast Guard mechanic between 2007 and 2016, with some training in law enforcement.
William "Roddie" Bryan, age 50, was a neighbor of the McMichaels.Video of the shooting
A video of the incident was recorded by Bryan using his cellphone from his vehicle as he followed Arbery jogging down the neighborhood road. The video showed Arbery jogging on the left side of the road when he encountered a white pickup truck that had stopped in the right lane. Gregory McMichael is standing in the truck bed, while Travis McMichael initially stands beside the driver's door with a shotgun. Bryan's vehicle comes to a stop behind Arbery and the pickup truck.As Arbery approaches the pickup truck, shouting can be heard. Arbery then crosses from the left side of the road to the right side and runs around the passenger's side of the truck. After passing the truck's front, Arbery turns left. Meanwhile, Travis McMichael, holding his shotgun, approaches Arbery at the truck's front. .... Discover the Amir Levine Rachel Heller popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Amir Levine Rachel Heller books.