Prosecutors in the murder case of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery revealed new shocking details during a preliminary hearing today in Gynn County, Georgia.
Georgia — Special agent Richard Dial with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said that the alleged killer called Arbery a “f—ing N-word” after he lay on the street shot.
Gregory McMichael, 64, his son Travis McMichael, 34, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 50 are all charged with aggravated assault and murder in the death of Arbery, which happened on February 23.
On May 7, father and son were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. Bryan, who filmed the killing, was arrested two weeks later and is also facing a felony murder charge because under Georgia law his actions contributed to Arbery’s. During Thursday’s hearing, Gregory and Travis appeared in court via video, while Bryan did not.
Some revelations from today’s proceeding include that Bryan told investigators he heard Travis call Arbery a “f—ing N-word” after he shot him. According to a local CBS News affiliate, investigators also said that “neither Gregory or Travis called 911 before arming themselves, getting in the truck, and following Arbery down Satilla Shores Drive.”
The GBI also said there is a police bodycam video of Gregory to track when they arrived. The GBI also revealed that Travis admitted to shooting Arbery three times. Travis also reportedly made comments on Facebook and Instagram before the shooting in which he posted “Arm up” & “Better hope they don’t come to this side of the neighborhood.”
The horrific video of Arbery’s death shows him running down the street. His family told police that their son was an avid jogger. While Bryan shot the video, it doesn’t show what happened before or after the shooting. The video has McMichaels in an altercation with Arbery. Both McMichaels were armed with firearms, while Arbery was unarmed.
The McMichaels were arrested more than two months after Arbery’s death. On May 5, the video of the shooting was released on social media, and police made arrests a couple of days later.
The murder of Arbery, followed by the deaths of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13, and George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25, have led to the nation’s outcry over racism and police brutality.