Ahmaud Arbery shooting case going to grand jury


According to the district attorney, the Arbery Ahmaud case will be going to a grand jury in Coastal Georgia.

The district attorney for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, Tom Durden, wrote in a news release obtained by CNN yesterday saying he expects to present the case to the next available grand jury in Glynn County to consider whether charges are merited for those involved in Arbery's death.

While this news comes as a relief to many, because of the coronavirus pandemic, courts are currently prohibited from empaneling grand juries, so the earliest this will move forward could be in the middle of June.

S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Arbery family, said in a statement that the two men involved in the chase "must be taken into custody pending their indictment."

Gov. Brian Kemp said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have offered resources to Durden for his investigation. Kemp tweeted, "Georgians deserve answers,"

GBI tweeted a post saying that Durden "formally requested the GBI to investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery."

State Attorney General Chris Carr said he was "deeply concerned" by the video and news reports.

Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper, spoke with CNN on Sunday telling them that when police notified her of her son's death, she was told her son was involved in a burglary and that there was a confrontation between her son and the homeowner and a struggle over a gun.

"He was not armed," Cooper said. She never worried about him jogging because she said he wasn't bothering anyone.

A website has been created for people in the community to sign a petition demanding that the Dept. of Justice and FBI investigate and charge Gregory and Travis McMichael. The site already has over 141,000 signatures out of their goal of 175,000.

Website: https://www.runwithmaud.com/?fbclid=IwAR2qMRhp2ucsY77CovnaslL0gCkji5A0LSFHsYxnyOh2BKXfsuncZkd1Fbw

Glynn County Leaders also posted a video calling for the dismissal of the Glynn County police chief, John Powell who was responsible at the time of the incident. They're also asking that an arrest be made to those suspects involved in the shooting.

Source: CNN

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