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    One of the men involved in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery spoke with his former boss, who later served as prosecutor in the case, over a dozen times in the weeks after the 2020 killing, according to a new court filing. Gregory McMichael, who was involved in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, was called 16 times by then-District Attorney Jackie Johnson after the shooting, according to a court motion filed by the Georgia Attorney General's Office against the district attorney on Thursday related to a trial alleging obstruction of justice. McMichael previously served as an investigator in Johnson's office. Johnson and McMichael's 16 phone calls between Feb. 23, 2020, and May 5, 2020, began one hour after Arbery was shot, filings revealed. "Could you call me as soon as you possibly can? My son and I have been involved in a shooting, and I need some advice right away,” McMichael said in the first call, per the filing. Johnson replied a day later, and the pair spoke for nine minutes and 15 seconds, according to the documents,...
    One of the men involved in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery spoke with his former boss, who later served as prosecutor in the case, over a dozen times in the weeks after the 2020 killing, according to a new court filing. Gregory McMichael, who was involved in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, was called 16 times by then-District Attorney Jackie Johnson after the shooting, according to a court motion filed by the Georgia Attorney General's Office against the district attorney on Thursday related to a trial alleging obstruction of justice. McMichael previously served as an investigator in Johnson's office. Johnson and McMichael's 16 phone calls between Feb. 23, 2020, and May 5, 2020, began one hour after Arbery was shot, filings revealed. "Could you call me as soon as you possibly can? My son and I have been involved in a shooting, and I need some advice right away,” McMichael said in the first call, per the filing. Johnson replied a day later, and the pair spoke for nine minutes and 15 seconds, according to the documents,...
    (CNN)In the weeks following the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Greg McMichael, one of the men later convicted in Arbery's death, participated in 16 phone calls with the former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson, according to court documents filed in the Superior Court of Glynn County on Wednesday.Arbery, 25, was shot on February 23, 2020, while running from Greg McMichael, his son Travis and the McMichaels' neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia.The three were convicted last November of Arbery's murder. In February, a jury found that the three White men had chased Arbery as he was jogging because he was Black. It found them guilty of interference of rights, a federal hate crime; and attempted kidnapping.The document filed Wednesday was the prosecution's response to two motions to dismiss criminal charges against Johnson for her role in allegedly mishandling the McMichael case. In the filing, government lawyers argue that Johnson's legal challenge is untimely, that the evidence supporting Johnson's indictment was sufficient, and that there was no flaw in the...
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — One of the men convicted of murder in the street chase and fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery spoke with his former boss, the local district attorney, several times by phone in the days and weeks following the 2020 killing, according to a court document filed Thursday. Investigators found that the day after the shooting, then-Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson placed a phone call to Greg McMichael, a retired investigator for her office who initiated the pursuit that ended in Arbery’s death. The call lasted more than nine minutes, prosecutors in a misconduct case against Johnson said in the legal filing. The document listed 16 calls between phone numbers for Johnson and McMichael starting Feb. 23, 2020, when McMichael left Johnson a voicemail about an hour after the shooting, and ending May 5, 2020, the day graphic cellphone video of Arbery’s killing leaked online. The video sparked a national outcry over the young Black man’s death at the hands of three white pursuers. More than half the calls lasted just a few seconds to...
    JURORS read out their verdict in the case of Ahmaud Arbery who was killed by three close-range shotgun blasts as he jogged through a Georgia neighborhood in 2020. Arbery's family has been relentlessly seeking justice since Ahmaud's death was publicized on social media. 2 Travis and Gregory McMichael were found guilty on all counts over the murder of Ahmaud Arbery What was the jury's decision in the Ahmaud Arbery case? Travis McMichael was found guilty of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and a criminal attempt to commit a felony. Gregory McMichael was found not guilty for the charge of malice murder, and guilty of four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. William Bryan was found guilty of aggravated assault and felony murder. On January 7, 2021, Travis and Gregory were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. What happened in the defense attorney's closing arguments? An audible gasp was heard in the courtroom on Monday, November 22 during...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors asked Ahmaud Arbery's mother if she would consider a plea deal for her son's killers, and she declined, her attorney said Friday, shortly before the three men were scheduled to appear in a Glynn County, Georgia, court for sentencing. The agreement would have put the men in federal prison for 30 years, attorney S. Lee Merritt said. That would have been in addition to any prison time a state judge hands down Friday. "She rejected that offer because we believe that today the state will move forward with life sentences without the possibility of parole, and we think that's the appropriate sentence," Merritt told CNN, standing beside Wanda Cooper-Jones. CNN has reached out to the US Attorney's Office for comment. In November, Travis McMichael, 35, his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, 52, were convicted on a raft of charges, including felony murder, in the 2020 slaying of the 25-year-old Black jogger. Read MoreCooper-Jones will make a victim's impact statement before Friday's sentencing. She said she hopes Travis McMichael, who fired the shotgun blasts that...
    Former Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson was indicted in September for obstructing justice in the Ahmaud Arbery case, and faces five years in prison A former Georgia District Attorney is facing five years in prison for allegedly helping to protect Gregory McMichael after his son fatally shot 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery.  A grand jury on Thursday indicted former Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson for allegedly violating her oath of office and obstructing law enforcement following the deadly shooting in February 2020. The indictment, which was first filed back in September, alleges that after his son, Travis, fatally shot Arbery, Greg McMichael called Johnson's cellphone - having worked in her office as an investigator until he retired in 2019 - and said: 'Jackie this is Greg. Could you call me as soon as you possibly can. 'My [inaudible] and I have been involved in a shooting and I need some advice right away,' he continued in the 39-second call. Officers with the Glynn County Police Department investigating the killing also reportedly called Johnson for advice on what to doin the...
    Kevin Gough, a defense attorney for one of the men found guilty on Wednesday of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, told Fox News that he will file a motion for a new trial next week for his client, William "Roddie" Bryan.  Bryan was found guilty by a jury in Glynn County, Georgia, on six of the nine counts that he was facing: three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. He joined father and son Travis and Georgia McMichael in pursuing Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, after seeing him running in a neighborhood in February 2020.  Bryan drove in his own pickup truck and recorded video on a cell phone of the fatal encounter, which shows Travis McMichael shooting and killing Arbery with a shotgun at close range as he threw punches and tried to grab the gun.  Defendant William "Roddie" Bryan looks on as the prosecutors make their final rebuttal before the jury begins deliberations. (Octavio Jones/Pool Photo via AP) Defense attorneys argued...
    Screenshot via CNN. CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates reacted to the guilty verdicts in the trial of the three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, and specifically called out the attorney for one of the defendants for her “gutter” arguments, accusing her comments about Arbery as an attempt to make the jury view him as “less than human.” Arbery was out jogging in February 2020 when he was chased down and confronted by Travis and Gregory McMichael in their truck, with Travis McMichael eventually shooting Arbery. A third defendant, William “Roddie” Bryan, was following the McMichaels in his vehicle and recorded the incident on his cell phone. Wednesday afternoon, the jury reached a verdict, finding Travis McMichael guilty of malice murder (intentional killing) and 8 other counts against him, Gregory McMichael not guilty of malice murder but guilty on the other 8 counts against him, and Bryan guilty of seven out of the nine charges against him. After the verdicts were read on live television, CNN’s Ana Cabrera asked Coates, a former federal prosecutor, for her reaction. “This was...
    The three notorious white men caught on video chasing and fatally attacking Ahmaud Arbery last February are now officially convicted murderers. But Gregory McMichael, his son Travis, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan” are not the only villains in the gruesome case plagued by allegations of initial prosecutorial misconduct before arrests were made 70 days after the 25-year-old Black man’s shooting death in Georgia. The prosecutors who won the case argued that Arbery was on a jog through Satilla Shores, a mostly white neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia when the trio chased him down the street after wrongly suspecting him of burglary. Travis McMichael was caught on video footage—filmed by Bryan—firing the fatal shots. ​The defense for the three men argued that they were trying to perform a citizen’s arrest on Arbery in connection with suspected break-ins in the area. After nine hours and two days of deliberation, a Glynn County jury on Wednesday found the three men guilty of felony murder in the Feb. 23, 2020 homicide death of Arbery. But Arbery’s murder was almost never prosecuted. And when the...
    Getty Defense attorney Kevin Gough appears at the Glynn County Courthouse on November 22, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia. Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan are charged with the February 2020 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. Kevin Gough is the defense attorney for William “Roddie” Bryan, one of three men convicted in the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. Gough faced public ridicule during the trial for comments he made before the court, the Associated Press reported, and some on Twitter called him a racist. The jury found Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and Bryan guilty of felony murder after lengthy deliberations concluding Wednesday, November 24, 2021, according to CNN. Travis McMichael was found guilty of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony, CNN reported. Bryan was acquitted on the malice murder charge but found guilty of felony murder. Gregory McMichael was also found guilty of felony murder. Bryan and Greg McMichael face a maximum sentence of life in prison...
    As the trial for the death of Ahmaud Arbery draws to the close, one of the defense lawyers for his alleged killers is getting torn to shreds for a comment she made about Arbery in her closing arguments. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and Roddie Bryan stand accused of murder and aggravated assault in connection with Arbery’s death in 2020. Bryan followed the McMichaels in their pickup truck last year as they pursued Arbery — who they suspected was a burglar — which led to Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery. As the McMichaels have claimed a right to self-defense, their legal strategy has also been rooted in attempts to cast Arbery in a negative light from the events leading up to his death. Gregory McMichael’s defense attorney Laura Hogue, in her closing arguments Monday, went so far as to suggest Arbery was to blame for his own death. Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to...
    Getty Defense attorney Laura Hogue communicates with her co-counsel during the trial for Ahmaud Arberys shooting death at the Glynn County Courthouse on November 8, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia. Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, are charged with the February 2021 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. Laura Hogue is the defense attorney for Greg McMichael, who stirred controversy in her closing arguments for the trial in the slaying of Ahumaud Arbery. Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan are facing trial in the death of 25-year-old Arbery, a Black jogger who was killed after the three White men confronted him on February 23, 2020, in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Glynn County, Georgia. The men are facing nine felony counts in the slaying, including felony murder. But in Hogue’s defense of her client, she described him as “a recurring nighttime intruder” and not “an innocent victim,” Newsweek reported. The Associated Press reported that the defense attorneys have built a case saying they were “lawfully trying to stop burglaries...
    By RUSS BYNUM BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery testified Wednesday that Arbery attacked him and grabbed his shotgun after he and his father pursued the 25-year-old Black man in their Georgia neighborhood. Travis McMichael’s testimony came as defense attorneys in the murder trial for the three white men accused of killing Arbery opened their case by building on arguments that their clients were lawfully trying to stop burglaries in their neighborhood. Asked by his attorney why he shot Arbery, McMichael responded: “He had my gun. He struck me. It was obvious that he was attacking me, that if he would have gotten the shotgun from me, then this was a life or death situation, and I’m going to have to stop him from doing this so I shot.” McMichael said he followed Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020, after his father came into their home in “almost a frantic state” and told him to “get your gun.” He said he believed Arbery was the same man he’d seen “creeping” outside a nearby unfinished house and...
    By Russ Bynum | Associated Press BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A judge denied mistrial requests Monday at the trial of three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery after defense attorneys claimed jurors were tainted by weeping from the gallery where the slain Black man’s parents sat with the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The morning’s testimony was largely disrupted by arguments outside the jury’s presence over Jackson’s appearance. The judge said he found one defense lawyer’s complaints last week about Black pastors to be “reprehensible” and no group would be excluded from his courtroom. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-old in a pickup truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times with a shotgun. Tensions flared in the courtroom Monday morning soon after Jackson sat in the back row of the courtroom between Arbery’s parents. Defense attorney Kevin Gough asked the judge to make the civil rights leader leave to avoid unfairly...
    (CNN)As the defense cross-examines a Georgia state investigator who interviewed one of the defendants in the trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, noted civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to attend Monday's court proceedings in a show of support for the Arbery family."We will have a prayer vigil in the courthouse tomorrow morning ... going to court tomorrow morning," Jackson said at a news conference Sunday.Jackson's expected arrival follows comments made by a defense attorney Thursday in court, who said "we don't want any more Black pastors coming in here or other Jesse Jackson, whoever was in here earlier this week, sitting with the victim's family trying to influence a jury in this case." Here are the key players in the Ahmaud Arbery death trialDefense attorney Kevin Gough apologized for his comments, but the fallout has already brought further attention to a trial where race has been a key focus. Three White men stand trial for chasing and killing a Black man, and 11 of the 12 jurors in majority-White Glynn County are White. Travis McMichael, his...
    (CNN)After two and a half weeks of jury selection, the state trial for three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia begins Friday.Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, along with William "Roddie" Bryan, did not face charges in the February 2020 incident until months later, when video surfaced that appeared to show the McMichaels chasing Arbery in their truck as he was jogging.The video, recorded by Bryan, sparked outrage across the nation, becoming yet another example of the perils Black people face while engaged in ordinary activities.The three men are charged with malice and felony murder and have pleaded not guilty. They also face charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony.Here's a look at the people who have played a key role in this case: Read MoreAhmaud ArberyAhmaud Arbery Arbery, 25, was killed February 23, 2020, while running through a neighborhood outside of Brunswick, Georgia, less than 40 miles north of the Florida-Georgia border.Because his death took place just weeks before the pandemic closed down the country, there wasn't heavy media coverage...
    A defense attorney representing one of the men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery last year apologized on Friday to anyone who was 'inadvertently' offended by his comment that he didn't want "Black pastors" to attend the court proceedings.  Kevin Gough made the apology after sparking backlash on Thursday for objecting to Rev. Al Sharpton's presence at the court the day before by saying, “We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here." “There's only so many pastors they can have. If their pastor is Al Sharpton right now, that's fine. But then that's it,” Gough said, in part. Addressing the court on Friday, Gough said he would file a motion on Monday putting his concerns in the "proper context” if his comments were “overly broad."  “I will let the court know that if my statements yesterday were overly broad, I will follow up with a more specific motion on Monday putting those concerns in the proper context,” Gough said. “And my apologies to anyone who might have inadvertently been offended. A defense attorney offered an apology for his comments yesterday...
    A defense attorney representing one of the men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery on Thursday said "we don't want any more Black pastors coming in here," objecting to the presence of Rev. Al Sharpton at the court proceeding the day before. Kevin Gough, who is representing William "Roddie" Bryan, one of three white men accused of killing Ahmed Arbery, a Black jogger, in Brunswick, Ga., in February 2020, told the judge he didn't want "high-profile members of the African American community" in the courtroom. He argued it would intimidate jurors and deprive his client of a fair trial. "I believe that's intimidating, and it's an attempt to pressure — could be consciously or unconsciously — an attempt to pressure the jury," Gough said. "There's only so many pastors they can have. If their pastor is Al Sharpton right now, that's fine. But then that's it. We don't want any more black pastors coming in here." Sharpton was in the courtroom on Wednesday, when he was sitting with the family of Arbery. After Gough's comments, Sharpton told news outlet TMZ that...
    A lawyer representing the men who allegedly killed Ahmaud Arbery on Thursday objected to the presence of Al Sharpton in the courtroom. During Thursday's proceedings, an attorney representing Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan stood up and said he did not want to see so many Black pastors appearing at the trial to support Arbery's family. "The idea that we're going to be serially bringing these people in to sit with the victim's family, one after another -- obviously, there's only so many pastors they can have," he said. "And if their pastor's Al Sharpton right now, that's fine, but that's it. We don't want any more Black pastors coming in here. Jesse Jackson, or whoever was in here earlier this week, sitting with the victim's family trying to influence the jury in this case." Judge Timothy Walmsley, however, was not having any of these arguments. "I can tell you this: I'm not going to start blanketly excluding members of the public from this courtroom," he told the attorney. Watch the video below. Defense attorney in the McMichael/Bryan trial...
    (CNN)Ahmaud Arbery's mother put her head in her hands and wept as body cam video that showed the aftermath of her son's shooting was played in court Friday.The pool reporter in the room who made the observation also noted that during that footage, one of the jurors was seen "shielding herself with her notebook," seemingly unable to watch.A timeline of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the case against 3 men accused of his murderIt was the first day of trial for the three men accused in the 25-year-old jogger's killing. After the court was adjourned Friday evening, Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery's mother, told reporters during a short press conference that watching the video was "heartbreaking.""The many times over the last couple ... (of) months, I questioned what happened to Ahmaud in the last minutes of his life," she said. "I often avoided the video but today I decided it was time to see the video."The graphic video was body cam footage from Glynn County Police Officer William Duggan, who testified on Friday that he responded to the scene after finishing...
    (CNN)After two and a half weeks of jury selection, the state trial for three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia begins Friday.Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, along with William "Roddie" Bryan, did not face charges in the February 2020 incident until months later, when video surfaced that appeared to show the McMichaels chasing Arbery in their truck as he was jogging.The video, recorded by Bryan, sparked outrage across the nation, becoming yet another example of the perils Black people face while engaged in ordinary activities.The three men are charged with malice and felony murder and have pleaded not guilty. They also face charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.Here's a look at the people who have played a key role in this case: Read MoreAhmaud ArberyAhmaud Arbery Arbery, 25, was killed February 23, 2020, while running through a neighborhood outside of Brunswick, Georgia, less than 40 miles north of the Florida-Georgia border.Because his death took place just weeks before the pandemic closed down the country, there wasn't heavy media coverage...
    (CNN)At first, the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 went largely unnoticed outside the South Georgia community where the 25-year-old lived and died just weeks before the country was gripped by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ahmaud Arberys tragic final run grips an anxious AmericaIt wasn't until a video of the shooting surfaced May 5, 2020, that the Black man's death drew nationwide attention, prompting outrage and protests -- harbingers of the demonstrations against racial injustice that would follow that summer after the May 25, 2020, murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Three White men are now set to stand trial for Arbery's murder: Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. All three have pleaded not guilty, and their attorneys have previously said their clients committed no wrongdoing. With their trial getting underway, here's a timeline of the case: February 23, 2020: Ahmaud Arbery is fatally shotRead MoreArbery was shot dead February 23, 2020, in a confrontation with Travis and Gregory McMichael in the neighborhood of Satilla Shores, outside the city of Brunswick in...
    Jasmine Arbery (right), sister of Ahmaud Arbery, and Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud's mother, comfort one another while people gather to honor Ahmaud at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. On the day jury selection began in the trial of three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, MSNBC’s Joy Reid gave a platform to an important but often overlooked woman in this fight for justice: his mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones. “Ms. Cooper, do you get the sense that law enforcement colluded after the death of your son to exonerate these men and to ensure that no justice would come, that they could walk away from it scot-free?” Reid asked in an interview that aired on Monday. Cooper-Jones replied: "Unfortunately, yes because their actions show just exactly that.” x Embedded Content Father-son duo Gregory and Travis McMichael have accused Arbery of trying to burglarize the house he stopped at and peeked through the window of during a jog the day he was killed on Feb. 23, 2020 in coastal Georgia’s Satilla Shores community. On a 911 call, Travis can be heard describing Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, as...
    Attorneys planned to resume questioning potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of three White men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery following a slow start and some admonishment from the judge to speed things along.  The fatal shooting of Arbery on a residential street outside the port city of Brunswick, Georgia, on Feb. 23, 2020, sparked a national outcry after a cellphone video of the killing leaked online two months later. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, are charged with murder and other crimes in the 25-year-old Black man's death.  Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent hours Monday questioning the first panel of 20 potential jurors brought to the courthouse. That's out of 600 summoned to jury duty Monday, with 400 more on deck to show up next week if needed.  Ahmaud Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery, left, heads into the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, with his attorney Benjamin Crump on Monday. (AP Photo/Lewis M. Levine) FLORIDA TEEN KILLED BY POLICE WAS POINTING AIRSOFT RIFLE AT DRIVERS, OFFICERS, AUTHORITIES SAY  The plodding pace...
    A former Georgia district attorney has been booked on charges linked to her alleged mishandling of the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was pursued and gunned down as he jogged through a Brunswick neighborhood last year, CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports. NEW MUG SHOT: Former Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson, 49, has been arrested and booked for violation of oath and obstruction in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case. She was indicted by a grand jury last week. @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/Aatu2WSVAI— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) September 8, 2021 Ex-Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson turned herself in to the Glynn County Sheriff's office Wednesday morning, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after a grand jury returned an indictment on counts of obstruction and violations of oath by a public officer last week. Johnson was released from the Glynn County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond, the paper reports. State prosecutors alleged that she used her position to delay arrests of the White men who chased and killed the 25-year-old Arbery. Johnson was the county's top prosecutor when Arbery was fatally shot last...
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Ahmaud Arbery’s parents on Friday praised the indictment of a former Georgia prosecutor on charges of misconduct in response to their son’s killing, calling it “a very huge win.” A grand jury in coastal Glynn County indicted former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson on Thursday on charges of violating her oath of office and obstructing police. State prosecutors alleged that she used her position to delay arrests of the white men who chased and killed Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man. Johnson was the county’s top prosecutor when Arbery was fatally shot last year, and one of the armed men who pursued him had worked for her as an investigator. “Yesterday was a very huge win,” Wanda Cooper Jones, Arbery’s mother, told reporters in a video news conference Friday. “I’m speechless. Unfortunately, Ahmaud is not here with us today. But losing Ahmaud, it will change some things here in the state of Georgia.” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, sought the indictment after requesting an investigation of possible misconduct by local prosecutors who...
    (CNN)A former district attorney in Georgia has been charged after allegedly interfering with the arrest of a man involved in the 2020 shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. Former Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson has been indicted on charges of violating her oath as a public officer and obstructing a police officer.Both charges are in connection to Johnson's alleged actions surrounding the investigation of the fatal shooting of Arbery while he was jogging through a Glynn County subdivision on February 23, 2020, according to the indictment. Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and neighbor William Bryan, are charged with murder in connection with Arbery's death. The three pleaded not guilty. Three men indicted on hate crime and kidnapping charges in connection to Ahmaud Arberys death, federal prosecutors sayJohnson -- on the day of the shooting -- prevented two Glynn County police officers from exercising their duties "by directing that Travis McMichael should not be placed under arrest, contrary to the laws of said State, the good order, peace, and dignity thereof," the indictment said.Read MoreJohnson is also accused of violating...
    The former Georgia prosecutor who handled the shooting that killed Ahmaud Arbery was indicted on Thursday. Christopher Carr, attorney general for the state of Georgia, charged and accused Jacquelyn Lee Johnson, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney at the time, on two offenses. The first is “violation of oath of a public officer.” The second is the “obstruction and hindering of a law enforcement officer.” “On or about February 23, 2020, said accused violated the above provision of her oath of District Attorney by showing favor and affection to Greg McMichael during the investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, thereby failing to discharge her duties as district attorney,” Carr’s indictment said. Carr also accused Johnson of “failing to treat Ahmaud Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity.” BREAKING: Former Georgia prosecutor Jackie Johnson has been indicted on misconduct charges in Ahmaud Arbery’s death. The charges allege she used her position to shield the men who chased & killed Arbery from being initially charged in his murder. — Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 2, 2021 “Our office is committed...
    The district attorney in Georgia who initially handled the investigation of the February 2020 shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery was charged on Thursday for allegedly showing favor to one of Arbery’s accused killers and obstructing the case. Former Brunswick District Attorney Jacquelyn Lee Johnson was charged with violating her oath as a public officer and obstruction of a police officer, according to a statement by the Georgia Attorney General’s office. Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Feb. 23, 2020, Arbery, a 25-year-old unarmed Black man in Brunswick, was pursued by Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan and shot and killed. The indictment alleges that on the day of the shooting, Johnson allegedly showed “favor and affection” to Greg McMichael during the subsequent investigation into Arbery’s death. It also alleges she “knowingly and willfully” stopped two officers with the Glynn County Police Department from arresting McMichael after the shooting. The Glynn County Police Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Greg McMichael had worked as an investigator in Johnson’s...
    William 'Roddie' Bryan is among the three men charged with federal hate crimes in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery who was chased and shot while out jogging in Brunswick in February 2020 An attorney for the Georgia man who was charged after he filmed the fatal shooting of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery has claimed any 'patriotic American' would have done the same thing.  William 'Roddie' Bryan is among the three men charged with federal hate crimes in the slaying of the 25-year-old black man who was chased and shot while out jogging in Brunswick in February 2020. Greg McMichael and his adult son, Travis McMichael, are the other two men charged. All three pleaded not guilty to the federal charges during a court appearance on Tuesday.  In an interview CourtTV prior to the federal hearing, Bryan's attorney Kevin Gough insisted that his client was innocent and that a jury would come to the same conclusion. When asked why Bryan joined the chase,  Gough argued that any American would have done the same.  'Any patriotic American under the same circumstances would have...
    Jackie Johnson, the Georgia district attorney who was criticized for her handling of the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, has lost her re-election bid to challenger Keith Higgins. Johnson lost the election to Higgins, an assistant district attorney of 23 years, by about 5,000 votes according to The Brunswick News. Johnson had been criticized for her conduct surrounding Arbery’s case in part for using her influence to undermine a police investigation. Johnson has insisted that she acted appropriately. According to the Washington Post, district attorneys are rarely voted out of their positions, but the rise in protests against the killing of unarmed black people placed Johnson at a disadvantage from the beginning of her campaign. Higgins did not make Arbery’s case a part of his campaign, Brunswick News reported, but he did acknowledge how the case benefited his campaign against Johnson. “I want to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and efforts to the campaign and the leaders across our communities who expressed their support for my candidacy,” Higgins said in a statement on his campaign’s Facebook page. “I look forward to...
    Ahmaud Arbery was killed in February while on a jog in his neighborhood in Georgia. Marcus Arbery/Handout via REUTERS Voters in southeast Georgia on Tuesday ousted Jackie Johnson, the longtime Republican prosecutor who recused herself in the case of the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.  Arbery was followed, shot, and killed on February 23 in Georgia by a father and son and their neighbor while on a jog, but no arrests were made in the case until May. Johnson received 34% of the vote compared to her opponent, independent Keith Kiggins, who received 66%, according to the Glynn County Board of Elections. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Voters in the coastal Georgia city of Brunswick voted Tuesday to oust the longtime Republican prosecutor who declined to investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was followed, shot, and killed by a group of three white men. Keith Higgins, an independent, won 66% of the vote compared to the incumbent Jackie Johnson's 34%, according to unofficial results from the Glynn County Board of Elections....
    Left to right: Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.(Photo: Glynn County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have entered not guilty pleas in a Georgia court today.  Gregory McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan were all indicted by a grand jury for Arbery’s murder on June 24, more than four months after the Feb. 23 shooting in Brunswick, GA.  READ MORE: Georgia grand jury indicts all three defendants in Ahmaud Arbery killing All three men are each facing, one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.  The hearing which was live-streamed on TMZ may also address the opportunity for a bond hearing. The men have been held since they were arrested in May.  According to legal documents obtained by the outlet, Bryan’s attorney also submitted more than 50 questions that he wants to ask potential jurors. They include, “What steps do you think people who are...
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