A Georgia Grand jury returned indictments of the three suspects in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday.
The indictment was handed down Wednesday at around 3:30 p.m. against Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryant. All three suspects were indicted on malice murder, four counts of felony murder, one count of false imprisonment, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Cobb County District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes will now move forward with the case.
“This is another positive step, another great step, for finding justice for Ahmaud, for finding justice for this family and for the community beyond,” Holmes said, according to Fox 5.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, video recorded by Bryan in February allegedly showed the McMichaels chasing Arbery for several minutes around the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, while in their truck, before blocking him in.
The McMichaels suspected that Arbery was responsible for a string of break-ins in the neighborhood, although they had no proof of their claims.
Bryan, who also pursued Arbery in his vehicle, blocked Arbery with his truck from behind as the McMichaels circled around the blocked and stopped in front of the victim. Travis McMichael then got out his truck, armed with a shotgun. A scuffle broke out and Travis McMichael ended up shooting Arbery three times.
Arbery, unarmed, died at the scene.
During Tuesday’s court hearing, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Richard Dial provided testimony that provided a glimpse into the suspects’ alleged racist views. Key points of Dial’s testimony include:
- Neighbors told authorities that they had seen Arbery jogging several times previously in the neighborhood, and often waved and spoke to him.
- Social media messages sent by Bryan indicated that he used the n-word to describe black people.
- Travis McMichael admitted he shot Arbery three times during the heat of the moment and that his adrenaline was pumping.
- Bryan told police he heard Travis McMichael yell “fu***** n*****” after shooting Arbery and while standing over his body.
- The McMichaels never called 911 before pursuing him.
- Arbery ran in a ditch to avoid the suspects, but when he emerged and tried to leave the neighborhood, the suspects wouldn’t let him.
- Bryan hit Arbery with his truck when Arbery tried to exit the neighborhood.
- Bryan waited until after the McMichaels’ arrests before he admitted to hearing the racial slur. He never mentioned it previously.
- Travis McMichael used racial epitaphs numerous times over text messages and social media. He allegedly said he wished someone would “blow that fu***** n****** head off.”
- In another instance, Travis McMichael, who was in the U.S. Coast Guard, said he loved his job because “was on a boat and there weren’t any N-words anywhere.”
Holmes spoke at a press conference following the indictment. Watch the full conference below.
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[Feature Photo: Ahmaud Arbery/Handout]