Murder Trial Begins for 3 White Men in Killing of Ahmaud Arbery


Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in Brunswick, GA,

in the trial of three White men charged in the murder of

African American jogger Ahmaud Arbery.

Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William

“Roddie” Bryan face nine charges, which include malice

murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and false


Sunday, February 23, 2020, while out on for a run in a

Brunswick suburb, 25-year old Ahmaud Arbery was chased

down in a pickup truck and shot by armed 67-year-old

Gregory McMichael and his 35-year-old son, Travis. The

video of the end of the chase and subsequent death of

Arbery, revealed three months later, was recorded on the

cellphone of 52-year-old neighbor William Bryan from his

vehicle as he joined the chase.


According to Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald

Adams, it could take two weeks or longer to pick a jury of

twelve men and women, plus four alternates, to hear this

case. Nearly 1,000 people have been summoned for jury duty.

600 were told to report Monday morning, with another 400

on standby.



If not for the Bryant video, authorities argue it’s unlikely this

case would have reached a courtroom. The video will play a

most prominent role as it shows the Black man jogging down

a street, then blocked by the McMichaels truck, each man

armed, one on the ground, the other in the vehicle.


As Arbery tried to run around, he was shot and killed. One

Georgia Bureau of Intelligence official reported that after 35-

year-old Travis McMichael shot Ahmaud, he called the dying

man a “racist name.”

This case also points to the conspiracy to cover up the

murder of Ahmaud Arbery by local authorities. Then-Glynn

County District Attorney, Jackie Johnson, was charged with

protecting her former colleague Greg McMichael, his son

Travis and William Bryan. She was indicted in September on

charges of violating her oath of office and hindering a law

enforcement officer.

Beyond this trial, Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael, and

William Bryan also face federal charges. A grand jury

indicted the men with federal hate crimes and attempted

kidnapping in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. That trial is

scheduled to begin February 2022.





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