Arrests made in Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation


As part of its investigation into the February slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael. Both were charged with murder and aggravated assault. They have been taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County jail.

On Feb. 23, Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, when both Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted Arbery with two firearms. During the encounter, GBI officials say Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery.

This case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Tom Durden.

The arrest and investigation is a result of heightened interest in the case after a cell phone video of the slaying was released to the public and went viral on the Internet. The video has led to an outcry from elected officials, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and the public at large.

Timeline of GBI Investigations relating to the Arbery case:

On April 29, the Glynn County Police Department requested that the GBI investigate allegations of threats against the police department and individuals involved in the active investigation. 

On the morning of May 5, the department requested the GBI investigate the public release of video related to Arbery’s death.

On May 5th, 2020, District Attorney Tom Durden formally requested the GBI investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery.

These investigations are all active and ongoing.  If anyone has information related to these cases, please contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

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