Cobb District Attorney Joyette Holmes has been named prosecutor for the Ahmaud Arbery case.
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Cobb District Attorney Joyette Holmes has been named prosecutor for the Ahmaud Arbery case.

Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday named Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes as the prosecutor for the Ahmaud Arbery case, according to an official source. Cobb County DA Joyette Holmes is taking over the investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

Holmes began her term as Cobb DA in July 2019. Prior to that, she served as Chief Magistrate of Cobb County.

Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed in February while jogging through a neighborhood in Brunswick. His death sparked a national outcry and demands for justice after a cellphone video of the shooting began circulating online last week.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked the Department of Justice on Sunday to conduct an investigation into the handling of the case.

UPDATE, 12:20 PM:
 
Attorney Ben Crump and the Arbery family have released the following statement on the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Ahmaud Arbery murder:
 

“In order for justice to be carried out both effectively and appropriately in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, it is imperative that the special prosecutor has no affiliation with the Southeast Georgia legal or law enforcement communities. We implore District Attorney Joyette Holmes to be zealous in her search for justice, as she works to hold all of those responsible for the unjustifiable execution of an unarmed young Black man in broad daylight.”

 

This story is developing.