A father and son were arrested and charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a man whose shooting death in February has sparked protests, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) announced Thursday night.
Investigators said Travis McMichael, 34, while with his father, Gregory, 64, both of whom are white, shot and killed Arbery, who is black, outside Brunswick on Feb. 23. Video posted online by a local radio station earlier this week sparked outcry and calls for police to arrest the McMichaels, who had said they thought Arbery, 25, was a burglar.
Durden, the outside prosecutor who was assigned to the Arbery case after the previous two recused themselves due to prior professional ties with the older McMichael, already had called for a grad jury to review the case.
Earlier Thursday, President Trump said he was expecting a full report on the Arbery case in the evening but had not seen the video.
“My heart goes out to the parents and to the loved ones of the young gentleman,” he said at the White House. “It’s a very sad thing.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, also weighed in on the case before the arrests.
“The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood,” Biden tweeted Tuesday, calling for an investigation. “My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now.”
The McMichaels each faced charges of murder and aggravated assault, according to the GBI, and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.