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.

Feb. 23, 2020

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.

Feb. 27, 2020

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.

April 3, 2020

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.

April 13, 2020

Third prosecutor takes over

The case is transferred another time to Thomas Durden, the district attorney for Georgia’s Atlantic Judicial Circuit.

May 5, 2020

Video of Arbery’s death leaked online

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.

May 7, 2020

Father, Son Charged With Murder, Arrested In Shooting Death Of Ahmaud Arbery

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.

May 11, 2020

Cobb County DA Joyette Holmes Named Prosecutor In Ahmaud Arbery Case

Attorney General Chris Carr names Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes as the fourth prosecutor for the Arbery case.

May 12, 2020

Autopsy Report: Arbery Died From Multiple Gunshot Wounds

An autopsy report released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveals Arbery died from two gunshot wounds and suffered from a third.

May 18, 2020

Savannah Judge Named To Preside Over Cases In Arbery Slaying

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.

May 20, 2020

GBI Searches Arbery Shooting Suspects' Home

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation executes a search warrant at the home of Gregory and Travis McMichael.

May 21, 2020

GBI Arrests Man Who Filmed Ahmaud Arbery Shooting

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.

June 24, 2020

3 Indicted On Murder Charges In Ahmaud Arbery Death

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.

June 26, 2020

Gov. Kemp signs hate crimes bill

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.

Nov. 13, 2020

Judge Denies Bond For Defendants In Ahmaud Arbery Murder Case

Judge denies bond for Travis and Greg McMichael.

Feb. 23, 2021

Mother Of Ahmaud Arbery Files Civil Lawsuit On Anniversary Of Son's Killing

Wanda Cooper, Arbery’s mother, files a multimillion-dollar lawsuit in federal court against the three men charged with killing her son.

April 28, 2021

3 Men Charged With Hate Crimes In Killing Of Ahmaud Arbery

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.

May 10, 2021

Georgia's Citizen's Arrest Overhaul Bill Signed By Kemp

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.

May 12, 2021

Judge Weighs What Evidence To Allow In Arbery Case

Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley hears arguments and testimony on several motions, mostly dealing with what evidence will be permitted at trial.

Sept. 2, 2021

Ex-prosecutor Indicted For Misconduct in Ahmaud Arbery Case

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.

Oct. 18, 2021

Jury selection begins in the trial of the 3 men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

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.

Nov. 4, 2021

One Black juror, 11 whites to hear trial over Arbery slaying

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.