TRAVIS and Greg McMichael have been indicted on murder charges in connection with the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.
The slaying of Arbery has been one of several racially-charged cases that have rocked the country in recent months.
Here is more on the Georgia shooting that took place on February 23.
What happened to Ahmaud Arbery?
Arbery, who was 25, was murdered when Greg McMichael and son Travis armed themselves and pursued the Black man running in their Brunswick neighborhood.
Greg McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son.
The father claied he and his son had said: “Stop, stop, we want to talk to you.”
Shots were fired and Arbery fell to the street in the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
Father and son were not arrested until 74 days after shooting – and several days after a video of the fatal confrontation went viral.
Disturbing video shows Arbery harassed by cops for sitting in his car two years before his death.
Have Travis and Greg McMichael been indicted?
A grand jury indicted father and son on felony murder and malice charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday.
“This is another positive step, another great step for finding justice for Ahmaud, for finding justice for this family and the community beyond,” said prosecutor Joyette Holmes.
A statewide judicial emergency had previously been declared due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Holmes said they were able to call in a grand jury that had been impaneled prior to the emergency.
Guidelines were followed and jurors were provided hand sanitizer. Social distancing mandates were also observed.
The Arbery family did not know when the next steps would be taken after a probable cause hearing was held earlier this month.
“The family was ecstatic to hear that it had happened this morning,” said Holmes.
What does indicted mean?
When a person is indicted, “he is given formal notice that it is believed that he committed a crime,” according to the Department of Justice.
“The indictment contains the basic information that informs the person of the charges against him.”
The grand jury has found that there is enough evidence to pursue a criminal case against Travis and Greg McMichael.
Has anyone else been charged?
William Roddie Bryan, who recorded the deadly encounter, was also indicted on felony murder and malice charges.
It was after Bryan’s cellphone footage leaked online that the McMichaels were arrested.
Bryan was busted last month after he tried “to confine and detain” Arbery without legal authority by “utilizing his vehicle on multiple occasions” before Arbery was shot, according to authorities.
Prosecutors believe that Bryan played a major role in Arbery’s death by hitting him with the side of his vehicle.
All three defendants are also charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
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Bryan’s lawyer said his client has committed no crime and has cooperated with law enforcement officers from the beginning.
“We welcome the action of the grand jury today,” said Kevin Gough.
“While we disagree with it, it’s an important step in the process to moving this case closer to the speedy trial that Roddie has demanded.”