The Georgia Bureau of Investigation held a press conference Friday and provided additional details on the arrests of two men accused of killing jogger Ahmaud Arbery.
On what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday, GBI director Vic Reynolds announced that there was “more than sufficient probable cause” to arrest retired district attorney investigator Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis, 34, on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 25-year-old Arbery was jogging in a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, when Gregory and Travis McMichael allegedly blocked him with their truck.
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The men were later questioned by authorities. Gregory McMichael, according to police, said that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood and that Arbery was caught on security footage earlier that day, looking into a home under construction on his block.
No security footage at this point has been released to the public to indicate whether what McMichaels said was true.
Gregory McMichael said when he spotted Arbery jogging, he contacted police, then yelled for him to stop before confronting him. He added that Arbery attacked his son, Travis McMichael, when confronted.
“[Gregory] McMichael stated the unidentified male began to violently attack Travis and the two men then started fighting over the shotgun at which point Travis fired a shot and then a second later there was a second shot,” the police report read.
Police then told Arbery’s family that there was a “confrontation between her son and the homeowner and a struggle over a gun.”
A video of the incident surfaced over two months after the incident, recorded by a man who allegedly followed Arbery from behind as he ran into Gregory and Travis McMichael. Father and son had apparently circled around and stopped their truck in front of Arbery.
The man who recorded the footage was allegedly working with the suspects to help chase Arbery down. He has not yet been charged in connection with Arbery’s death but officials said the investigation is still open and ongoing.
Watch the full press conference below.
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[Feature Photo: Ahmaud Arbery/Handout; Greg and Travis McMichael/Facebook]