It was later revealed that the McMichaels, along with Bryan, opted to chase after Arbery because they believed him to be a suspect in a series of recent break-ins at the neighborhood. The law was passed on Tuesday, but can not be applied retroactively to Arbery's case. A lawyer for Mr Bryan has maintained that his client was merely a witness. Bryan blocked Arbery from the rear with his vehicle and the McMichaels cut him off from the front in their pickup trucks, according to testimony by Dial.
According to reports, the three men involved in the quasi-lynching of Ahmaud Arbery have been indicted on murder charges. Each man is facing nine charges which include malice murder and felony murder.
"The world is now familiar with the story of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man who, while out jogging in Brunswick, Glynn County, GA, was hunted down and shot to death by two white men, Gregory and Travis McMichael".
The McMichaels were charged on May 7 with murder and aggravated assault, while Bryan was charged on May 21 with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. The father and son were arrested more than two months after the shooting, and then Bryan, who filmed the attack, was also charged two weeks later when prosecutors alleged that he had hit Arbery with his truck just before the shooting.
Following the presentation of the case, the grand jury returned the indictment in under ten minutes.
According to Holmes, the Cobb District Attorney's Office presented the case to an existing grand jury due to the rules of Georgia's statewide judicial emergency. The Cobb County D.A., Joyette Holmes announced the indictment on Wednesday during a press conference that comes over a month after they were arrested and held without bail. The defense team has found other facts "that are an integral part of the case", he wrote.
Bob Rubin, a lawyer for Travis McMichael, said in an email to the Associated Press that his client meant to plead not guilty and that "we look forward to presenting all of the facts regarding this tragic death in a court of law".
"We welcome the action of the grand jury today", Gough said.
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether grounds exist for federal hate-crimes charges.