February 23, 2021 marks one year since Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot by Gregory and Travis McMichael as he jogged through a Georgia neighborhood. Arbery was fatally shot while jogging through a neighborhood in Georgia and his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke out about her son being murdered.
Arbery, 25, was fatally shot on February 23, 2020 after being chased down a street in Brunswick by three men. Authorities claim that the men — Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan — encountered Arbery with two guns after they saw him jogging. Travis fatally shot Arbery during a struggle over Travis’ shotgun. At first, multiple prosecutors didn’t bring charges against the suspects, however, that changed months later when video footage of the shooting surfaced.
The three suspects are charged with nine felony counts: malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. The suspects have pleaded not guilty, and a trial date hasn’t been set. The men are currently behind bars without bond. Their attorneys have said the men believed Arbery was a burglar and they were making a citizen’s arrest. Arrests by citizens are legal in Georgia. Cooper-Jones has filed a civil lawsuit on Tuesday naming more than a dozen law enforcement officers and the Glynn County District Attorney.