The jury in the trial Ahmaud Arbery’s 2020 Murder Will continue the deliberation this morning.
Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. accused malice and felony murder.
As we await the verdict, Here is a timeline of the case:
- February 23, 2020 – Arbery is shot dead: Arbery was fatally shot during a confrontation with the McMichaels in the Satilla Shores neighborhood, outside of the city of Brunswick in the lowlands of Georgia. Arbery was jogging – which those who knew him knew he did – when the McMichaels grabbed their guns and pursued Arbery. The men announced that the arrest of a citizen is underway by Arbery. Bryan also joined the chase and recorded the shooting on his cell phone.
- February 27, 2020 year Brunswick Jud Justice Circuit Sistrict attorney reuses himself: The day after the shooting, Brunswick Judicial District Attorney Jackie Johnson reusing herself from the case, citing Gregory McMichael’s position as a former investigator in her office. The attorney general’s office said it received a letter from Johnson requesting the appointment of a new prosecutor on February 27.
- April 7, 2020 – The second prosecutor reuses himself: Waycross Judicial District Attorney George Barnhill, who took over the case after Johnson rescued himself, sent a letter to the Attorney General’s Office notifying the office of his own conflict of interest: Con His brother worked in Johnson’s office and had previously worked with Gregory McMichael on previously indicted Arbery.
- April 13, 2020 – The case is turned over to the third prosecutor: Upon receipt of Barnhill’s letter, the Attorney General’s Office appointed Atlantic Judicial District Attorney Tom Durden to the case.
- May 5, 2020: Video of photographic surfaces: The 36-second video begins with Arbery jogging down the middle of the road toward a pickup truck that’s stopped by the side of the road. Gregory McMichael lay on the truck’s bed while his son stood near the driver’s side door with a shotgun.
- May 7, 2020 – McMichaels arrested: Gregory and Travis McMichael arrested for murder and aggravated assault.
- May 11, 2020 – Fourth Prosecutor takes over: Attorney General announced a fourth prosecutor, Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes, will lead the case after Durden requested his resignation due to a lack of resources.
- May 21, 2020 – Bryan is arrested: Two weeks after McMichaels’ arrest, GBI arrested Bryan for murder and false imprisonment.
- June 24, 2020 – All three suspects are charged with murder: Four months after the shooting, a Glynn County grand jury convicted Gregory and Travis McMichael and Roddie Bryan of malicious murder and felony in Arbery’s death, District Attorney Holmes announced.
- July 17, 2020 – The suspects plead not guilty: All three pleaded not guilty charges they face as of mid-July 2020.
- April 28, 2021 – Suspects charged with federal hate crimes: At the end of April, federal prosecutors announced a grand jury indicted McMichaels and Bryan on hate crimes and kidnapping.
- May 11, 2021 – The suspects pleaded not guilty in federal court: McMichaels and Bryan all plead not guilty for the federal charges in a May 11 hearing. They remain in state custody and the federal trial will begin in February 2022.
- November 5, 2021 – Open arguments in the Arbery murder trial begin: After a long time and controversy jury selection process in a coastal county of Georgia, a council of 12 people – consisting of one Black member and 11 White members – chosen. Younger McMichael take a stand in the trial as the defense’s first witness and told the court he felt he was in a “life or death” situation when he shot Arbery. In her end of rebuttal, lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski insisted to the jury that Arbery was not charged and the defendants told police they had no idea what he had committed. Attorneys for the men accused of murder used their final statements to say that McMichaels and Bryan had reason to believe that Arbery was in no good because he entered a house that was in progress. builds and he runs away in confrontation.
CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin, Devon M. Sayers, Alta Spells, Christina Maxouris contributed reporting to this post.