Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced Monday that Joyette M. Holmes, who is the first black woman to serve as Cobb County District Attorney, would be taking over the Ahmaud Arbery case.
“Attorney Holmes is a respected attorney with experience, both as a lawyer and a judge, and the Cobb County District Attorney’s office has the resources, personnel and experience to lead this prosecution and ensure justice is done,” Carr said in statement.
Carr said Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden, the lead prosecutor since April 13, will be stepping down from the case.
“This case has grown in size and magnitude since he accepted the appointment on April 13, 2020, and as an experienced district attorney, Tom has recognized that another office is better suited from a resource perspective to now handle the case,” Carr said.
Cobb is a suburban Atlanta county about 330 miles north of Satilla Shores. The latter is a small community where Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was killed Feb. 23 while jogging.