May 10, 2020 – In Breaking News – CBS News
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr will examine Ahmaud Arbery’s murder investigation, a spokesperson for Carr confirmed to CBS News on Saturday.
In a statement, Carr said that he will look into how the case was handled “from the outset.”
“The family, the community and the state of Georgia deserve answers.”
“We need to know exactly what happened, and we will be working to find those answers,” Carr said in his statement.
(Investigators in Georgia are reviewing new video from the neighborhood where an unarmed black man was shot to death while jogging in February. Courtesy of CBS New York and YouTube. Posted on May 9, 2020.)
Arbery, 25, was shot and killed while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested and charged Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, for the murder and aggravated assault this week — days after a cellphone video showing two men confronting and shooting Arbery surfaced.
The McMichaels say they were acting in self-defense.
The elder McMichael is a former law enforcement officer who used to work for the local district attorney, Jackie Johnson.
(Questions grow about how the investigation was conducted from the start. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on May 10, 2020.)
Carr told Fox News’ Dana Perino on Saturday that he first became aware of the case on February 27, when Johnson notified his office of her conflict of interest.
“Our office’s role is to make sure that we assign another district attorney,” Carr said.
In Georgia, district attorneys are the “constitutional authority” that handle felony crimes, according to Carr.
“So when there’s a conflict we appoint a conflict district attorney, which is a local district attorney,” he said.
“So on the 27th of February that’s what we did, and that’s when our office was first notified.”
— The Daily Briefing (@dailybriefing) May 8, 2020
Due to continued conflicts of interest, the case is now on its third prosecutor, who said this week that he will ask a grand jury to bring charges against the McMichaels.
Two county commissioners told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week that Johnson’s office blocked police from arresting the McMichaels after the shooting.
“The police at the scene went to (Johnson), saying they were ready to arrest both of them.”
“These were the police at the scene who had done the investigation,” Commissioner Allen Booker, who has spoken with Glynn County police, told the newspaper.
“She shut them down to protect her friend McMichael.”
When asked why it took months to arrest the McMichaels, the attorney general said Saturday: “There’s a lot of questions that are being asked, and I’m asking the same thing.”
“What I do know is that once the state was asked to participate it took 48 hours,” he said of the arrests.
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GBI on Ahmaud Arbery Murder Investigation
There are reports circulating of additional video footage being reviewed by the GBI as a part of the Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation.
We are indeed reviewing additional video footage and photographs as part of the active case.
It is important to note that this footage was reviewed at the beginning of the GBI investigation and before the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael.
If anyone has any new information regarding this case, it can be submitted to the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS(8477) or https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online.
We will continue to update you with pertinent information regarding this case.
Glynn County, GA (May 7, 2020) – On May 7th, 2020, the GBI arrested Gregory McMichael, age 64, and Travis McMichael, age 34, for the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
They were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.
On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, GA when both Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted Arbery with two firearms.
During the encounter, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery.
This case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Tom Durden.
On May 5th, 2020, District Attorney Tom Durden formally requested the GBI investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
The Kingsland Office initiated an investigation on May 6th, 2020.
On April 29th, 2020, the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) requested that the GBI investigate allegations of threats against GCPD and individuals involved in the active investigation.
On the morning of May 5th, 2020, GCPD requested the GBI investigate the public release of video related to Arbery’s death.
These investigations are all active and ongoing. If anyone has information related to these cases, please contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).
GBI Makes Arrest for Terroristic Threats Related to the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Investigation
Midway, GA (May 10, 2020) – On Sunday, May 10, 2020, the GBI arrested Rashawn Smith, age 20, and charged him with Dissemination of Information Relating to Terroristic Acts.
He was taken into custody in Midway, GA and will be booked into the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
This investigation was conducted with the assistance of the FBI & Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
On Saturday, May 9, 2020, at approximately 11:55 PM, the GBI was made aware of a Facebook post that contained a threat to future protests related to Ahmaud Arbery.
This is an ongoing and active investigation. If anyone has information pertinent to this case, please contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).
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