The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
A Brunswick father and son were charged with murder and aggravated assault Thursday night in the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. They were arrested one day after the GBI’s Kingsland branch opened its investigation into the shooting. A video showing Arbery’s death, posted online Tuesday morning, triggered a dizzying turn of events that increased public pressure to arrest Greg and Travis McMichael.
As outrage grew over the video, Gov. Brian Kemp weighed in, tweeting late Tuesday afternoon, “Georgians deserve answers. State law enforcement stands ready to ensure justice is served.” Kemp said, if requested, the GBI would take over the investigation into the shooting. Within an hour, special prosecutor Tom Durden accepted the offer and on Wednesday morning, agents hit the ground.
Atlanta’s ABC News affiliate reports:
According to the police report obtained by WJCL 22 News, Gregory McMichael told the officer responding to the shooting that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood and that he was in his front yard when he saw the “suspect from the break-ins” running down Satilla Drive.
Gregory McMichael said he had seen the same man on a previous night and that he stuck his hand down his pants which led him to believe that he was armed.
McMichael then told the officer that he grabbed his .357 Magnum while his son grabbed his shotgun and they got into a truck and caught up with Arbery. During the encounter, the GBI says Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery.
BREAKING: The father-son duo seen accosting and ultimately killing jogger Ahmaud Arbery in a now-viral recording have been arrested by Georgia authorities pic.twitter.com/aMjEWnUYYz
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BREAKING: Gregory and Travis McMichael have been arrested in Georgia and charged with murder in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was jogging.
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