National DA’s association slams Georgia prosecutor who called Ahmaud Arbery killing ‘justifiable homicide’ – The Sun

A GROUP of US district attorneys condemned the Georgia prosecutor who told cops the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery was "justifiable homicide".

In a fiery statement released on Saturday, the National District Attorneys Association lambasted George Barnhill for exonerating Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, on April 3 after he recused himself from the case due to a conflict of interest.


Barnhill withdrew from the investigation three days later because his son is a prosecutor in the Brunswick DA's office, where Gregory worked as a cop for nearly 20 years.

"We must strongly disagree with District Attorney George Barnhill's decision to share his opinion of whether Greg and Travis McMichael should be arrested after he decided to recuse himself from the case," the group said in the letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 5,500-person group represents two-thirds of state and local prosecutors' officers.

The association said the letter could influence jurors and make another prosecutor's job harder.

"No prosecutor should inject his or her opinion into a pending case to the point where she or he becomes a potential witness and risks compromising the just outcome of a case."

Barnhill told cops after the fatal February 23 shooting that there was insufficient evidence to charge the two white men who hunted down the black jogger and blasted him with a shotgun, according to the Glynn County Police Department.

Before Barnhill was appointed by Attorney General Chris Carr to prosecute Arbery's case, he advised Glynn County officers not to arrested the McMichaels, AJC reported.

His decision not to arrest the men left the case at a standstill for nearly two and a half months.



After reviewing the evidence – including the 36-second video that shows the father and son confronting and killing Arbery – the DA told cops the McMichaels actions were justified.

In a letter to police, Barnhill argued the pair shot the unarmed 25-year-old in self-defense.

Horrifying footage of Arbery's death was leaked on May 5, inciting outrage on social media and prompting a two-day probe.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged the McMichaels with felony murder and aggravated assault last Thursday.

Wanda Cooper Jones, Ahmaud Arbery's mom, described her son's death during a press conference last Wednesday as a "lynching in the middle of the day".



Presidential candidate Joe Biden weighed in on the killing last Tuesday, saying on Twitter: "Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood".

"The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood," Biden wrote.

"My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder."


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