On Friday, a judge denied bond for a Georgia father and son who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through their neighborhood.
WBTV reported that bond was denied for Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 64, during their first court appearances. The pair are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault for allegedly fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery, 25, on February 23 as he jogged in Brunswick.
CNN obtained a police report which stated that Gregory McMichael claimed Arbery, 25, resembled a suspect in a series of recent burglaries in the Satilla Shores neighborhood and that he planned to make a citizens arrest. However, Glynn County police Lieutenant Cheri Bashlor said the only recent break-in was on January 1, when a 9mm pistol was reportedly stolen from an unlocked truck outside the McMichaels’ home. McMichael also said that Arbery was caught on a security camera earlier in the day looking into a home under construction nearby.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) took over the case after a 36-second video showing Arbery’s death was shared on social media. Gregory and Travis McMichael’s arrests came two days after the footage went viral, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Friday would’ve been Arbery’s 26th birthday. The same day, citizens held a rally in the Brunswick neighborhood where Arbery was killed to call for the arrest of the man who filmed the deadly encounter.
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[Featured image: Ahmaud Arbery/Family handout; Gregory and Travis McMichael/Glynn County Police Department]