The three men who were accused of shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery were indicted Wednesday by a grand jury.
Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William R. Bryan were indicted by Glynn County’s Grand Jury on malice and felony murder charges in the death of Arbery.
Cobb District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes, the specially appointed prosecutor in the case, said at a press conference, “We will continue to be intentional in the pursuit of justice for this family and the community at large as the prosecution of this case continues.”
According to the indictment, the suspects also face charges including aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Authorities said that on February 23. Arbery was jogging outside Brunswick, Georgia when Gregory McMichael and his son Travis chased him.
Gregory then told police that Arbery and Travis had a scuffle over his son’s shotgun, and two shots were fired before Arbery fell to the ground.
As per police report, Gregory McMichael told officers that he has mistaken Arbery with a person suspected in a series of recent break-ins in the area.
However, there were no string of break-ins reported for more than seven weeks before Arbery’s death.
The only burglary report recorded was when a gun was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in front of the McMichaels’ home.
Bryan recorded the video of the fatal shooting that went viral, which led to the arrest of the McMichaels, before he himself were arrested.
An arrest warrant states that investigators believed that Bryan used his vehicle to try to “confine and detain” Arbery multiple times leading to Arbery’s death.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified earlier this month that Arbery may have felt trapped and decided that he had to fight.
Special Agent in Charge Richard Dial said, “I believe Mr. Arbery was being pursued, and he ran till he couldn’t run anymore, and it was turn his back to a man with a shotgun or fight with his bare hands against the man with the shotgun. He chose to fight.”
“I believe Mr. Arbery’s decision was to just try to get away, and when he felt like he could not escape he chose to fight.”