According to a district attorney, the video that shows the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery will go to a grand jury in Georgia.
The video of the horrific encounter was posted online by a local radio station.
The 36-second video was recorded by a person who was driving a vehicle Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael’s pickup truck.
The video begins showing Arbery jogging down the street towards the McMichael’s white pickup. One man can be seen standing on the bed of the truck and the other is standing near the driver’s side door with a shotgun in hand. As Arbery gets near the truck, he appears to try to jog around the right side. As he reaches the front of the truck he is confronted by one of the McMichaels and a shot is fired. A tussle for the gun ensues and two more shots are fired. Arbery lets go on the shotgun and tumbles to the ground.
Ahmaud Arbery was 25 years old when he was killed. His friends and family say all he was doing was taking his regular morning jog when he was chased down and murdered.
He was chased down by Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, and his son Travis McMichael. According to a Glynn County Police report, Gregory McMichael later told officers that he thought Arbery looked like a person suspected in a series of recent break-ins in the area.
After they chased down Arbery, McMichael told police, Arbery and McMichael’s son Travis struggled over his son’s shotgun. McMichael said two shots were fired before Arbery fell to the street, the report said. To date, there have been no charges filed against either of the McMichaels.
In a letter to police, George Barnhill, one of the district attorneys who has recused himself from the case and who saw the autopsy report, wrote that Arbery sustained three wounds during the struggle for the gun.
Tom Durden, the district attorney for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, wrote in a news release on Tuesday that he expects to present the case to the next available grand jury in Glynn County to consider whether charges are merited for those involved in Arbery’s death.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, courts are currently prohibited from empaneling grand juries.