A grand jury has charged three men on murder charges in the February murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, a prosecutor announced Wednesday.
The Glynn County grand jury indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. on charges including malice and serious murder, prosecutor Joyette Holmes said.
Arbery, 25, was killed on February 23 after the McMichaels, a white father and son, armed themselves and chased the black man who had been running in their neighborhood, investigators said. Greg McMichael told police that he suspected Arbery was a thief and that Arbery attacked his son before he was shot.
Bryan lived in the same subdivision, just outside the port city of Brunswick. Bryan said he saw the McMichaels pass and joined the chase, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said earlier this month.
It wasn’t until May 7, two days after Bryan’s cell phone video leaked online and sparked a national protest, that prosecutors charged the McMichaels. Each was charged with serious murder and aggravated assault.
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Bryan was arrested on May 22 on charges of serious murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. An arrest warrant said Bryan attempted to “confine and detain” Arbery without legal authority by “using his vehicle multiple times” prior to the shooting.
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Bryan was being held at the Glynn County Detention Center without bond. A state superior court judge last week allowed Bryan’s bond hearing to move to Friday, the Brunswick News reported.
This is a developing story; Check back for updates. Associated Press contributed to this report.