A white father and son accused of fatally shooting of 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia earlier this year have been arrested, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI).
The GBI announced Thursday evening that Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, will be booked into the Glynn County Jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
Arbery was killed Feb. 23 just outside the port city of Brunswick, Ga., after two men allegedly chased him in a pickup claiming that they thought he was burglar responsible for a series of break-ins in the area.
Authorities said Travis McMichael shot Arbery during the exchange.
The arrests come the day before Arbery's 26th birthday.
Gregory McMichael served as an investigator for Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson. He retired last year but the connection led Johnson to recuse herself from the case to avoid a conflict of interest
Footage shared by an attorney representing Arbery’s family, Lee Merritt, appears to show Arbery struggling with one of the men outside the truck shortly before his death.
After a second jurisdiction also recused itself over potential conflicts of interest, Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden, who is working with the GBI, announced Tuesday that he would present the case to a grand jury.
This week a video that apparently shows the men pursuing and shooting Arbery renewed calls for their prosecution, with the Georgia NAACP decrying the “slothfulness and inaction” of the two DA’s offices and several lawmakers calling for action.
Arbery’s shooting quickly became a subject on campaign trails.
Both Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSenate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE and her primary opponent Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Lobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike MORE (R-Ga.) spoke out about Arbery’s killing.
Collins, who leads in most polls in the race, called the video “disturbing and wrong,” while Loeffler called for a “swift and immediate” probe into the shooting. Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors MORE called for an investigation as well.
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, one of the many progressive voices denouncing the handling of the shooting, called the arrests “a very delayed first step.”
“Let’s turn that outrage into a sustained push for change,” he tweeted. “Something like this should never happen.”
A very delayed first step. As this trial proceeds, let’s not forget the outrage we felt at the lack of justice for Ahmaud.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 8, 2020
Let’s turn that outrage into a sustained push for change. Something like this should never happen. https://t.co/fns7U0LMmj