Sunday, March 7, 2021

Three Indicted in Death of Ahmaud Arbery, GA Passes Hate Crimes Bill

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*The three suspected white supremacist accused hunting and killing Ahmaud Arbery earlier this year were indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday.

According to CNN, Glynn County’s Grand Jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William R. Bryan felony murder charges.

We previously reported… Arbery was called a ““F–king n—-r” by his killer as he lay dying on the pavement after being fatally shot while allegedly jogging through his Georgia neighborhood on February 23.

According to testimony during the probable cause hearing last month, the McMichaels saw Arbery out exercising in Brunswick when they decided to chase him down in a pick-up truck and confront him with two firearms, believing him to be a burglary suspect.  Bryan used his truck to help trap Arbery on the road, allowing Travis to fatally shoot him.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Richard Dial testified during the hearing that while speaking with police, Bryan “made several statements about trying to block him in and using his vehicle to try to stop him.” He also didn’t spill the tea about Travis calling Ahmaud the N-word until eight days before his arrest, on May 13, per PEOPLE,

On June 24, Ahmaud’s killers were indicted on 9 charges, including malice murder.

The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, has issued the following statement regarding the indictments:

“The Grand jury looked at the facts and found compelling evidence to bring malice and felony murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment charges against Ahmaud Arbery’s killers. This confirms what Ahmaud’s father has been saying for months — that this was a lynching. This is a significant step on the road to justice and while nothing will bring back Ahmaud’s life, it is important that a Grand jury recognized his life had value and was wrongly and ruthlessly ended. We expect a trial will lead to successful prosecution and sentences that reflect the heinous nature of this crime.”

Meanwhile, the Georgia Legislature on Tuesday afternoon passed a hate crimes bill that will is now awaiting the signature of Governor Brian Kemp.

Republican Senator Bill Coswert called the bill’s passage a “historic” moment.

“I think we’re really at sort of a tipping point right now, and this has been brought about by some of the recent events that have been put visually in front of us on video that are impossible to defend,” Coswert said.

“It’s time for Georgia to rise up and show that we will not stand for crimes done out of hate,” said Democratic Senator Donzella James. “Yes, we cannot legislate love, but we can put stronger penalties in place that may deter those who are committing these crimes from doing it.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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