Case timeline as jury selection begins in murder trial – .

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Case timeline as jury selection begins in murder trial – .


Jury selection begins Monday in the trial for the murder of three white Georgia men in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was killed after being followed by a father and son in their van in February 2020.

Travis McMichael, 35, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 65, are accused of killing Arbery, while a third man, William Bryan, who filmed the murderous shooting, is also charged with murder. Arbery’s family said he was jogging. The McMichaels, who have been accused of being motivated by racial animosity, said they believed Arbery was a burglar. Bryan maintained that he was only a witness.

The three men face charges of malicious murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and criminal attempt to commit a felony. Each has pleaded not guilty.

Ahmaud Arbery.Courtesy of the family

Here is an overview of the main developments over the past 20 months.

February 23, 2020: Ahmaud Arbery is shot dead

Arbery was shot and killed on February 23, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia, after being followed by the McMichaels in a van.

February 27, 2020: The first prosecutor recuses herself

Jackie Johnson, the Brunswick area district attorney, withdrew from the case, saying Gregory McMichael had been an investigator in his office for more than 30 years as a former Glynn County police officer before taking over his retirement in May 2019.

April 3, 2020: Second prosecutor steps down after finding no reason to charge the McMichaels

George Barnhill, one of the prosecutors who first handled the case, defended the actions of the McMichaels and Bryan. In a recusing letter, Barnhill said the three had “a solid firsthand probable cause” to pursue and arrest Arbery, a “burglary suspect”.

April 13, 2020: A third prosecutor takes over the case

The case was transferred to Thomas Durden, the attorney for the Atlantic Judicial District of Georgia, on or about April 13, according to a letter from Durden posted on May 5, 2020. He announced his intention to present the case. to the next available grand jury of Glynn County. “For the consideration of the criminal charges brought against those implicated in the death of Mr. Arbery”.

May 5, 2020: A video of the shoot is released online

The leaked video of Arbery’s fatal shooting propelled the case into national spotlight, sparking widespread outrage.

An attorney for Arbery’s family posted a video that appeared to show the fatal shooting and an altercation in the preceding moments.

In the video, Arbery is seen running down a road as a white van is pulled up in front of him. Arbery walks around the vehicle and a shot is fired. Video then shows Arbery and another man appearing to be arguing as two more shots are fired.

NBC News does not know what happened prior to the events shown in the video.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced that it will take over the case at Durden’s request.

Later that month, Gregory McMichael claimed he helped leak the video because he wanted “the public to know the truth,” according to his lawyer.

May 7, 2020: Gregory and Travis McMichael are arrested

The GBI announced that the McMichaels had been arrested for murder and aggravated assault. The two men ultimately pleaded not guilty.

May 8, 2020: gathering of supporters on the occasion of Arbery’s birthday

Arbery would have turned 26 on May 8, 2020. Supporters documented 2.23 mile runs and marches on his birthday to commemorate the date he was killed.

Protesters protest the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, May 8, 2020.File Sean Rayford / Getty Images

May 11, 2020: Justice Department to Consider Possible Federal Hate Crime Charges

The Justice Department said it will consider a request from Georgia’s attorney general to review the shooting and assess whether federal hate crime charges should be prosecuted.

May 11, 2020: Arbery’s murder passes to a fourth prosecutor

The state attorney general has appointed Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County Judicial Circuit as the fourth prosecutor to oversee the case.

May 12, 2020: GBI receives a request from the State Attorney General to investigate the handling of the case

Georgia’s Attorney General has asked the GBI to investigate allegations of misconduct by two local prosecutors in Arbery’s death.

“Unfortunately, many questions and concerns have been raised” regarding the actions of these lawyers, Attorney General Chris Carr said in a statement, referring to Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson and District Attorney. of the Waycross Judicial Circuit, George Barnhill.

May 12, 2020: Autopsy published

Arbery died of multiple gunshot wounds, an autopsy showed. The autopsy report showed Arbery was shot in the upper and lower chest and was grazed by a shotgun on his right wrist.

May 21, 2020: Man who recorded Arbery shooting arrested for murder

William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded the fatal shooting, was arrested on charges of murder and attempted forcible confinement, authorities said.

June 4, 2020: the investigator testifies that Travis McMichael used a racial slur after the shoot

GBI Special Agent Richard Dial testified at a preliminary hearing that Bryan said in an interview on May 13 that he heard Travis McMichael say “f – ing N-word” after Arbery was beaten down.

April 28, 2021: 3 men charged with federal hate crimes

The three Georgian men previously charged with state murder in the Arbery murder have been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping.

The Justice Department alleged that the men confronted Arbery “because of his race.” They have since pleaded not guilty. This trial is expected to begin in February 2022.

May 10, 2021: Georgia repeals the Citizens’ Arrest Act of 1863

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the repeal of a Civil War Citizen Arrest Act that was used to defend Arbery’s fatal shooting.

“Unfortunately, we must have lost my son this way. If this bill had been in place, I think it would protect young men running in the streets, ”said Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, according to the Associated Press.

“This bill makes Georgia the first state in the country to repeal the arrest status of its citizens,” Kemp said before signing the measure.

September 2, 2021: Former prosecutor indicted after allegedly “showing favor” to men accused of killing Arbery

Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, a former Georgia prosecutor, was indicted by a grand jury, which said she preferred the men accused of killing Arbery.

Johnson, who was Brunswick’s judicial district attorney when Arbery was killed, has been charged with violating a public officer’s oath and obstructing a police officer.

She is accused of “showing favor and affection to Greg McMichael during the investigation”, according to the indictment. She is also suspected of having embarrassed two police officers “by ordering that Travis McMichael not be placed under arrest”.

September 30, 2021: Defense lawyers seek to ban Confederate flag license plate from evidence

Lawyers for the McMichaels have asked a judge to bar photographic evidence of a vanity license plate, which includes a Confederate emblem, that was on the van they were using to sue Arbery.

The defense argued that the license plate “is irrelevant and would be detrimental”.

October 1, 2021: Arbery’s mental health records cannot be used at trial, judge judge

A judge ruled that Arbery’s mental health records could not be used as evidence at trial.

Travis McMichael speaks to a police officer at the scene where Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while running in a neighborhood outside the port city of Brunswick, Georgia.Glynn County Police via AP / AP
From left to right, Gregory and Travis McMichael listen through CCTV at the Glynn County Detention Center in Brunswick, Ga. On November 12, 2020. Lewis Levine / AP file

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