Timeline of Arbery Case
With the trial underway for the three men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, below is a key timeline of events over the last year and a half.
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65, and William Bryan, 52, the man who filmed the killing on his cellphone, face an array of state charges, including murder, aggravated assault for chasing Arbery in their pickups and false imprisonment.
Ahmaud Arbery killed
While on a jog in the Satilla Shores subdivision near Brunswick, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery is chased by three white men, now charged with his murder, and gunned down in the street.
First prosecutor recused
Jackie Johnson, who was the District Attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit for 10 years, recuses herself from the case, citing that Gregory McMichael had been an investigator in her office for many years before he retired.
Second prosecutor bows out
Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney Georgia Barnhill defends Gregory and Travis McMichael in a letter to the Glynn County Police Department and removes himself from the case.
Third prosecutor takes over
The case is transferred another time to Thomas Durden, the district attorney for Georgia’s Atlantic Judicial Circuit.
A viral video showing the final moments of Arbery's life surfaced on Facebook, sparking outrage in Georgia and across the country. The killing had not garnered much attention outside Glynn County, until the video went viral.
After nearly three months without an arrest, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael are arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault in relation to Arbery's death.
Attorney General Chris Carr names Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes as the fourth prosecutor for the Arbery case.
An autopsy report released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveals Arbery died from two gunshot wounds and suffered from a third.
Court records filed in Glynn County show that trial proceedings for defendants Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael will be handled by Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation executes a search warrant at the home of Gregory and Travis McMichael.
William “Roddie” Bryan, the man who filmed the viral video of Arbery's death, is arrested and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Cobb District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes announced that a Glynn County grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William R. Bryan on malice and felony murder charges in the killing of Arbery.
In a historic move under the Gold Dome, the Georgia General Assembly approves new hate crimes legislation after more than a decade without one on the books. What Gov. Brian Kemp called the "vigilante-style" shooting of Arbery pushed the legislation's passage.
Judge denies bond for Travis and Greg McMichael.
Wanda Cooper, Arbery’s mother, files a multimillion-dollar lawsuit in federal court against the three men charged with killing her son.
Both McMichaels and Bryan are indicted by a grand jury in the Southern District Court of Georgia and charged with hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Arbery.
Following passage of hate crimes legislation, the Georgia lawmakers also moved to abolish the state’s Civil War-era citizen’s arrest statute. Defense lawyers for the men accused of killing Arbery attempted to use the statute to justify their actions.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley hears arguments and testimony on several motions, mostly dealing with what evidence will be permitted at trial.
Former district attorney Jackie Johnson is indicted by a grand jury on charges of violation of oath of a public officer — a misdemeanor — and obstruction of a police officer — a felony for mishandling of the Arbery case.
More than a year and a half after Arbery was gunned down on a residential street in southeastern Georgia, jury selection begins for the trial of the three white men charged with his murder.
The judge in the trial of three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery declined to override decisions in jury selection that left just one Black juror on the final panel of 12.