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Grand jury formally indicts 3 men in death of Ahmaud Arbery

Grand jury formally indicts 3 men in death of Ahmaud Arbery
Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot on February 23 while jogging near Brunswick, Ga. File Photo courtesy the Family of Ahmaud Arbery/UPI | License Photo

June 24 (UPI) -- A Georgia grand jury on Wednesday formally indicted three men accused in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in February.

Gregory McMichael, 64, his son Travis McMichael, 34, and William "Roddie" Bryan, 50, each face nine counts, including malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

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"This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud," Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes said.

"Our team from the Cobb Judicial Circuit has been committed to effectively bringing forward the evidence in this case and today was no exception. 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."

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Video footage from Bryan's vehicle showed Arbery's death Feb. 23 as he was jogging through a Brunswick neighborhood less than 2 miles from his home. It shows Arbery, 25, being boxed in by two pickup trucks driven by the defendants. Travis McMichael then appears to get out of his vehicle and shoot Arbery three times with a shotgun.

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The elder McMichael told police they pursued Arbery after suspecting he'd committed a series of break-ins in the neighborhood.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Richard Dial testified that Travis McMichael called Arbery a racial slur after firing the fatal shots.

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His death preceded the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and the case has been a part of national protests over the past several weeks opposing the extrajudicial killing of black Americans.

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Demonstrators hold a sign in Los Angeles on June 14 for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was shot by police in her home while she was sleeping. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

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