Retired district attorney Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested yesterday for the February shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. The father and son will face charges of murder and aggravated assault, according to BET.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations released a statement confirming the McMichaels’ arrest. Both men were booked in Glynn County Jail.
“On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, GA when both Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted Arbery with two firearms. During the encounter, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery,” the GBI said.
“On May 5th, 2020, District Attorney Tom Durden formally requested the GBI investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The Kingsland Office initiated an investigation on May 6th, 2020.
“On April 29th, 2020, the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) requested that the GBI investigate allegations of threats against GCPD and individuals involved in the active investigation.
“On the morning of May 5th, 2020, GCPD requested the GBI investigate the public release of video related to Arbery’s death.”
Gregory & Travis McMichael have been arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. There will be a press conference tomorrow morning at 9 AM in Brunswick, GA (1 Conservation Way). https://t.co/jBhe4eIpeW pic.twitter.com/PEsOdnyXdR
— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) May 8, 2020
Before a video that was released capturing Arbery’s killing, the police refused to charge the father and son.
It was previously reported that “the Glynn County Police Department released its report on the deadly incident Tuesday. [Gregory] McMichael thought Arbery looked like the suspect in several recent break-ins. However, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, believes her son was judged because of the color of his skin.
“George Barnhill, a prosecutor in the case, told the police in a letter that McMichael and his son acted within the state’s citizen’s arrest law and Travis acted out of self-defense.”
The GBI’s investigation of Arbery’s death is still under investigation. Anyone with information related to the case can call 800-597-TIPS (8477).