(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: View of a road at the Satilla Shores subdivision where Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death while going for a run in February 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File Photo
By Rich McKay
(Reuters) -Ahmaud Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man running through a mostly white neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020, when he was chased by three white men in two trucks, and shot and killed about 2 miles (3.2 km) from his mother’s house near Brunswick (NYSE:BC), Georgia.
Here is the timeline of the case:
FEB. 23, 2020
Before 1 p.m. on Sunday Arbery left his mother’s house, for a jog just outside coastal Brunswick, Georgia, his aunt, Thea Brooks said.
He crossed a four-lane highway into the Satilla Shores subdivision, lined with saw palmettos, old oaks draped with Spanish moss, and ranch-style homes with boat docks along the Little Satilla River.
About 2 miles (3.2 km) into his run, he passes Greg McMichael, who is in his driveway working on boat cushions. McMichael later tells police he thought Arbery might have been running from a crime. He yells to his son Travis McMichael to get a gun and they both give chase in a pickup truck, police reports say. They are then joined by a neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, in his own pickup truck, who videos part of the encounter on his cellphone.
After being boxed in by the trucks, Arbery is seen on video reaching for a shotgun leveled at him by Travis McMichael. Arbery is fatally shot three times, turns to run one last time, and falls prone on the street.
Glynn County police officers interview the McMichaels and Bryan, but do not file charges, following directions from Jackie Johnson, Brunswick Judicial Circuit’s district attorney, a grand jury later found.
Greg McMichael, a former Glynn County policeman, also worked as an investigator for Johnson.
Feb. 24, 2020
Johnson recuses herself from the case because of her connection with McMichael and informally hands it over to the Waycross Judicial Circuit.
FEB. 27, 2020
Waycross Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney George Barnhill formally takes the case, at the behest of Johnson, court records show.
April 7, 2020
Barnhill recuses himself from the case, telling his boss, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, that he didn’t realize his son had previously worked with Greg McMichael in Johnson’s office.
Carr transfers the case to the Atlantic Circuit’s District Attorney Tom Durden.
May 5, 2020
A Brunswick radio station, WGIG, is given a copy of Bryan’s video of the shooting by an attorney and posts it online. It becomes widely distributed on the internet, sparking a national uproar. Within hours, Durden announces a grand jury investigation. The same day, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp orders the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to take the case.
May 7, 2020
GBI investigators arrest the McMichaels, charging them each with murder and other crimes. This is 74 days since the shooting.
May 11, 2020
Durden steps aside and Georgia Attorney General Carr appoints Cobb County’s District Attorney Joyette Holmes to lead the prosecution. Cobb is the fourth district attorney to take the case.
May 21, 2020
GBI agents arrest Bryan and charge him with murder.
On June 24, 2020
A grand jury formally indicts all three men on charges of murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
Nov. 3, 2020
Johnson, who had been the Brunswick Judicial Circuit’s district attorney for 10 year, loses her re-election bid, following a grassroots campaign against her spurred by the Arbery case.
Sept. 2, 2021
Johnson is indicted by a grand jury, which accused her of “showing favor and affection” to the McMichaels. She is charged with violation of oath of office and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
She has told the media that she did nothing wrong and is currently out on $10,000 bond.
Oct. 18, 2021
The trial starts. It takes 13 days to seat a jury of 11 white people and one black person. All three men are being tried jointly.
Timeline of the Ahmaud Arbery case