Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was shot by two armed white residents while on a jog near his neighborhood in Satilla Shores, Georgia on February 23, 2020. Gregory McMichael, one of the shooters, said that Arbery looked like a man who was suspected of some local break-ins, and he and his son, Travis McMichael, took their handgun and shotgun and chased Arbery in their pickup truck. After an alleged struggle between Travis and Arbery, Arbery was fatally shot. Gregory is a former Glynn County police officer who had recently retired. Another man, William Bryan, filmed the death. No arrests were made for several months, but the incident gained more attention a few months later when George Floyd was killed by police. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation then stepped in, and the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault in May of 2020. Bryan, the videotaper, was also arrested and charged shortly afterward. A Georgia jury found all three men guilty of murder on November 24, 2021. The three men have also been indicted on federal hate crime charges and attempted kidnapping.
Demonstrators at a memorial for Arbery in Brunswick, GA
The state of Georgia is prosecuting all three men:
The federal government is also prosecuting the men:
(b) Express malice is that deliberate intention unlawfully to take the life of another human being which is manifested by external circumstances capable of proof. Malice shall be implied where no considerable provocation appears and where all the circumstances of the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart.
(a) In general.--
(1) Offenses involving actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin.--Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person--
(a) Whoever unlawfully seizes, confines, inveigles, decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries away and holds for ransom or reward or otherwise any person, except in the case of a minor by the parent thereof . . .
(a) An act, done with specific intent to commit an offense under this chapter, amounting to more than mere preparation and tending, even though failing, to effect its commission, is an attempt to commit that offense.