The three men from Brunswick, Georgia, who were indicted in February 2020 on the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old black man who was persecuted and killed while suspecting him of the break-in, have pleaded guilty to hate crime charges To have raised federal.
According to CBS News, Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65, and 51-year-old William "Roddie" Bryan, who are white, filed the motion on Tuesday, May 11, just days after a trial date Murder charges have been made against them.
In the federal case, the men were each charged with a single number of rights violations and a number of attempted kidnappings, CBS News reported.
"This is the first time we've actually been in the same courtroom with the people responsible for Ahmaud's murder," Arbery's aunt Thea Brooks told CNN. "It's hard to be in a room with people who, you know, took your loved one with them."
According to reports, the McMichaels suspecting Arbery was a burglar followed 25-year-old Arbery in their truck as he jogged his normal route through the Satilla Shores parish near Brunswick, Georgia on Feb.23, 2020.
They confronted him, but the younger McMichael pulled a rifle on him and the two men got into a gun argument that ended with McMichael firing at Arbery and killing him. The incident was recorded on a cell phone by Bryan, who allegedly participated in the events that caused Arbery's death, according to a police report.
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The McMichaels were not arrested and charged more than two months after Arbery's death. They were taken into custody in May 2020, Bryan was arrested and charged weeks later. He is also currently being investigated for sex crimes in an unrelated case
In the state case, all three men are exposed to malice and criminal murder, aggravated assault, wrongful imprisonment and a criminal attempt to commit a crime. In April, the Justice Department announced that three men had been charged with hate crimes and were charged with kidnapping.
According to the Associated Press, Georgie Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley said Tuesday (May 7) the trial would begin in October with jury selection starting October 18. Once the jury is approved, the process will begin.
"We are excited to finally have the opportunity to fair and reveal the full truth about the circumstances and events that led to this incredible tragedy," Jason Sheffield, a defense attorney for Travis McMichael, told the AP last week .
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