National News Desk

Federal grand jury charges 3 men with hate crime, attempted kidnapping in Ahmaud Arbery shooting

Glynn County Sheriff’s Office

(GLYNN COUNTY, Ga.) — A federal grand jury has charged three men with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020.

Travis McMichael, 35; Travis’s father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and William Bryan, 51, have each been charged with one count of interference of rights and attempted kidnapping, while the McMichaels were each charged with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

All three men had previously been arrested months after the shooting. In June, a Glynn County grand jury voted to indict all three for felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal contempt to commit a felony in the death of Arbery. They each have pleaded not guilty and have been ordered to stand trial later this year.

Arbery, 25, a Black man, was killed while jogging in the neighborhood of Satilla Shores in Brunswick, Georgia, on Feb. 23, 2020.

Gregory McMichael, a retired investigator with the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office who previously served as a Glynn County police officer, saw Arbery and assumed he was the person who committed “several break-ins” in their neighborhood, according to a police report. He and his son grabbed their guns — a shotgun and .357 magnum, respectively — and jumped into a white pick-up truck, authorities said.

Bryan recorded the chase on his cellphone, which captured Arbery getting ambushed by the McMichaels.

Arbery was seen in the viral video struggling with Travis McMichael before being fatally shot.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.