Federal indictment for Ahmaud Arbery's accused killers is one step closer to justice, mother says
April 29, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The federal indictment of three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery represents "one step closer to justice," his mother told CNN.
A third man, William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. , who recorded video of Arbery's death, allegedly hit Arbery with his truck after he joined the McMichaels in the chase.
All three were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia and charged with hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Arbery, according to a news release from the Justice Department.
Jason Sheffield and Robert Rubin, attorneys for Travis McMichael, said in a statement "we are deeply disappointed that the Justice Department bought the false narrative that the media and state prosecutors have promulgated. "
While Arbery was jogging, prosecutors said the McMichaels "armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck, and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at him, using their truck to cut off his route, and threatening him with firearms. "
Bryan also joined the chase and cut off Arbery's route with his truck, prosecutors said.