On Friday, a Georgia judge denied bond for the father and son accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery.
Travis McMichael, 34, and Gregory McMichael, 64, were denied bond following a two-day hearing in Glynn County. WSB-TV reported that during Friday’s proceedings, the courtroom was showed the video of Arbery’s death — eliciting anguished cries from a relative, presumably his mother, who previously told the news station she had not seen the video.
The McMichaels, along with William Bryan Jr., 50, are charged with malice and felony murder in Arbery’s February 23 shooting death. Bryan reportedly filmed the father and son fatally shooting Arbery, 25, as he jogged in Brunswick.
Gregory McMichael allegedly said that Arbery resembled a suspect in a series of recent burglaries in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. However, police 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.
Bryan claimed he was solely a witness but authorities alleged he used his vehicle to confine and detain Arbery in the minutes leading up to his murder.
In July, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed Bryan was being investigated for child molestation that reportedly occurred in Camden County. Officials have not provided specifics regarding those allegations.
Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested in May, two days after a video depicting Arbery’s death went viral. Bryan and the McMichaels were initially denied bond in July.
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[Featured image: Ahmaud Arbery/handout, Gregory and Travis McMichael/Glynn County Sheriff’s Office]