The three suspects in the Feb. 23, shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery are scheduled to appear before Glynn County Chief Magistrate Judge Wallace E. Harrell, June 4, at the county courthouse, according to magistrate court deputy clerk Luetrice Lott. The judge will determine whether authorities had sufficient evidence to charge the men in Arbery’s death.
Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes, who was assigned as the lead prosecutor to the case by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr will be at the preliminary hearing.
Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. William Bryan, who videoed the fatal shooting, is charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Arbery was said to be jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick when he was confronted by alleged murder suspects Gregory and Travis McMichael, both armed white men. The confrontation resulted in the death of Arbery, an unarmed African American and former Brunswick High football player.
Bryan allegedly used his vehicle to confine and cut off Arbery during the pursuit.
Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough has filed several motions on behalf of his client to include a motion for a speedy trial, motion for bail without waiver of preliminary hearing, motion for relief from prejudicial and inflammatory statement and a motion for disclosure of search warrants and related documents.
All four motions are posted here below.
Gough has stated that Bryan was merely a witness and bystander in the incident.
Magistrate court hearings had been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lott said they were installing computer screens that would allow the defendants to appear in court on video.
The father and son duo each have their own respective attorney. Travis McMichael is represented by Robert G. Rubin and Jason B. Sheffield. Gregory McMichael is represented by Franklin J. and Laura D. Hogue.