Federal grand jury indicts three men on hate crime charges in the death of Ahmaud Arbery

A. Porter, Editor in Chief

The Justice Department announced that the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, have been charged with a hate crime and attempted kidnapping.

Two of the men seen in the video of Arbery’s death have also been charged with using firearms during a violent crime.

William “Roddie” Bryan, 51, Travis McMichael, 35; Travis’s father, Gregory McMichael, all have been charged in a separate state proceeding with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

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Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23, 2020, when he was chased down and killed after a neighbor claimed he looked like a suspect in a string of break-ins. Police had no records of break-ins according to CNN.

Travis Michael and his father, Gregory Michael, armed themselves and chased Arbery down in their pickup truck, claiming they were attempting to perform a citizen’s arrest. Willian Bryan recorded the death of Arbery with his cell phone.

As of now, no trial date has been set.