Grand jury to weigh charges in Georgia shooting of unarmed black jogger

An unarmed black jogger was shot to death by a group of white men in Georgia who told cops they thought he was a burglar, and a grand jury will now decide whether criminal charges are warranted, a prosecutor said.

Evidence in the Feb. 23 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick – which was caught on video that surfaced on social media Tuesday — is expected be presented to a jury in Glynn County to weigh charges against Gregory and Travis McMichael, Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden announced Tuesday.

“I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges against those involved in the death of Mr. Arbery,” Durden’s statement read. “ … I have no control over the suspensions due to the pandemic, however, I do intend to present the case to the next available grand jury in Glynn County.”

Gregory McMichael later told cops he believed Arbery matched the description of a suspect wanted in a series of nearby break-ins, according to a police report obtained by CNN.

McMichael’s son, Travis, and Arbery struggled over the man’s shotgun once they chased him down as he ran. Two shots were then fired before Arbery collapsed, according to the police report.

But video of the controversial shooting shows Arbery being pursued by two armed men as he jogged down a road. Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who is representing the slain main’s family, has accused Travis McMichael of shooting Arbery with a shotgun at close-range.

“Mr. Arbery had not committed any crime and there was no reason for these men to believe they had the right to stop him with weapons or to use deadly force in furtherance of their unlawful attempted stop,” Merritt said. “This is murder.”

Merritt told MSNBC Arbery was “lynched” in broad daylight as he ran along a road while wearing sneakers and exercise gear.

“He was not carrying any firearms, he wasn’t carrying any stolen material,” Merritt said. “The worst that could be said about him was that he stopped at a home that was under construction and that he allegedly looked in through the window before carrying on on his jog.”

Three shots are heard during the harrowing video, which was posted anonymously online, Merritt said, adding that he believes the footage is the same recording investigators have had since the day of the fatal shooting.

“As a result of local law enforcement’s failure to share the video with the victim’s family, they will see this horrific murder for the first time on the internet,” Merritt said.

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, said she was initially told by cops that her son was involved in a burglary and died during a confrontation over a gun, CNN reports.

“He was not armed,” Cooper told CNN.

Gregory McMichael turned Arbery onto his back after the shooting to check if he was armed, but police did not indicate whether he had a weapon or not, according to the police report.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday against Travis and Gregory McMichael, a former investigator for Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson, who has recused herself from the case due to the connection.

With Post wires

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