Three Men Charged With Federal Hate Crimes in Ahmaud Arbery Case
Three men from Georgia accused of the egregious murder of Ahmaud Arbery are getting closer to being brought to justice.
Gregory McMichael, 65, his son, Travis McMichael, 35, and William "Roddie" Bryan, 51, will all face federal hate crime charges for their alleged role in the murder of Arbery last year while he was out for a jog.
The Justice Department announced on Wednesday, April 28 that the three men were charged by a federal grand jury with hate crimes and one count of attempted kidnapping in the 25-year-old's death.
In addition, they were each charged with one count of interference with rights, while the father and son will also face various gun charges. During the indictment, all three men pleaded not guilty to all charges despite of most the murder being filmed. The defendants are accused of using threats, force, and intimidation as they violently tried interfere with Arbery's right to jog on a public street in a suburban neighborhood because he was Black.
Ahmaud Arbery was killed during a violent encounter on February 23, 2020. In addition to federal charges, the McMichaels and Bryan will also face state charges in the case, which include murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.
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