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
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
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.