Trial for Three Men Accused of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery Set for October 18

A trial date has been set for the three men facing murder and other charges in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

It’s scheduled to begin on Oct. 18 at the Glynn County Courthouse, court records say. Arbery, 25, died in February 2020 after encountering suspects Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery after a scuffle; his father, Greg McMichael, a former longtime investigator for the local district attorney’s office; and William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded the video of the shooting on his cellphone.

The three suspects are white. Arbery was Black.

The GBI took over the investigation after Bryant’s video started circulating and announced charges within days. After a series of recusals from other district attorneys, the case is being prosecuted by Cobb County DA Flynn Broady.

Attorneys for the defendants, who also face federal hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges, say they committed no crimes and were worried Arbery was trespassing at a home that was under construction in their neighborhood outside Brunswick.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Joshua Sharpe