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The lawyers for slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery have saluted JAY-Z for helping them seek justice. In an Instagram post, they revealed he chartered a private jet for them so they could attend a probable cause hearing for the defendants in Brunswick, Georgia.

S. Lee Merritt took to Instagram on Thursday to confirm the 50-year-old rap mogul and entrepreneur covered the costs of transporting himself and a colleague to court in Georgia.

"When you absolutely have to be in Court to stand with your client and righteous protestors for justice... Jay Z sends his private jet," he wrote under an Instagram snap of himself outside the plane.

"Court hearing in Brunswick, Georgia this morning. No flights to take us there last night. @leemerrittesq and I spent hours trying to find flights or cars. At 1am we started losing hope till we got a call from Jay Z’s people at Roc Nation who chartered a flight for us to attend this hearing with the family of Ahmaud Arbery," civil rights attorney Blerim Elmazi added.

Merritt also tweeted a photo of himself wearing a black face covering with the words "George Floyd" sewn on it.

He captioned the photo: "An early motion made by the defendants to the court was that I remove my mask. The court declined to consider the motion."

Arbery, 25, was shot and killed on February 23 in Glynn County, Georgia after being pursued and confronted by three white locals in pick-up trucks.

Three men were arrested in connection with the murder after video of the shooting surfaced online.

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The man who recorded Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting in Brunswick, Georgia has been arrested and charged with murder.

William "Roddie" Bryan, 50, was arrested Thursday, May 21, on felony murder charges and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, the Associated Press reports.

Arbery, 25, was killed as he ran down a street in the Satilla Shores neighborhood on Feb. 23. He was pursued by Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, retired cop Gregory McMichael, 64, who rode in the bed of a pickup truck armed with a .357 magnum.

Arbery was shot three times during a struggle over Travis's shotgun. Bryan was in a second vehicle and recorded the life and death struggle on his cell phone.

Gregory McMichael leaked the video to a radio station because he thought the footage would vindicate him and his son. But the video footage caused outrage on social media and sparked reactions from President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden.

The McMichaels were finally arrested two months after the shooting. Both were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. They are in the Glynn County jail awaiting trial.

Bryan, through his attorney, claimed he received death threats and was in hiding because he feared for his life.

His arrest comes two days after Arbery's family attorney, S. Lee Merritt, called for him to be charged.
 

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The sister of the man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery on Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Georgia, said she posted a photo of his blood-soaked body on Snapchat because she's a fan of "true crime," according to UK's The Sun newspaper.

Lindsay McMichael, 30, apologized for posting the graphic, unedited photo of Arbery lying dead in the street after he was shot by her brother, Travis McMichael, 34, during a struggle over a shotgun.

Travis and his father, former Brunswick police detective Gregory McMichael, 64, are being held in jail without bond while awaiting trial on murder charges.

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Lindsay said she didn't mean any harm when she posted the photo. "The thing is I'm a huge fan of true crime. I listen to 4 or 5 podcasts a week. I'm constantly watching that sort of thing," she told The Sun.

"It was more of a 'Holy sh*t, I can't believe this has happened.' It was absolutely poor judgment."

The McMichaels, who are Caucasian, reportedly chased Arbery for four minutes after he was spotted inside a renovated home in the Satilla Shores neighborhood where they live. Arbery lived about 12 miles away. His mother said he was out jogging when he was ambushed and killed.

Lindsay defended her father and brother, saying they never "wanted to kill anybody" and always "loved" the non-Caucasian boyfriends she brought home.

"I've never dated anyone of the same race since I was 19," she told The Sun. "My dad and my brother loved everyone I've ever dated as if they were their own son or brother."

She said she was at home watching a movie when the shooting occurred just before 11 a.m. on Feb. 23. She said her brother looked "desperate" when she saw him after the murder.

"I've seen my brother in his happiest moments. I was there when his child was born and I've seen him in distress and I know that look," she said. "It wasn't like some glory thing, like, 'I stalked and then got the kill I was hoping for.'"

She added: "It was absolute f**king panic... I really do believe that things just escalated so fast. I will until the day that I die believe that he had no intention of malice like that."

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The mystery is solved: Authorities tracked down the person who left a suspicious note at the memorial site for Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was gunned down by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

The note, which was left near the spot where Arbery was killed, read: "I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry."

The note sparked conspiracy theories about a 4th person being at the scene when Arbery was shot by Travis McMichael during a struggle after Arbery reached for McMichael's shotgun.

S. Lee Merritt, the Georgia attorney who is representing Arbery's mother, tweeted, "We need to discover who left this note!"

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tracked down the note author and determined the person just wanted to leave their condolences to the family.

The GBI announced the person was "expressing their condolences for Arbery's death."

Travis, 34, and his father, retired police detective Gregory McMichael, 64, are being held without bond while awaiting trial on murder and aggravated assault charges.

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Black conservatives distanced themselves from Candace Owens when she suggested Ahmaud Arbery was not out jogging the day he died in Glynn County, Georgia.

Arbery, 25, was killed by Travis McMichael, 34, and his father Gregory McMichael, a retired police detective, in Brunswick, Ga.

The two suspects caught Arbery inside a neighbor's home that was under renovation. They pursued Arbery to make a citizen's arrest, but he was killed during a struggle when he reached for Travis McMichael's shotgun.

Owens, a conservative pro-Trump activist, dismissed the narrative that Arbery was just out jogging that day.

He wore a white t-shirt and khaki shorts that sagged off his buttocks -- not the typical jogging outfit.

Owens tweeted on May 9:

"Ahmaud Arbery was caught on camera breaking into an unfinished property that was owned by Larry English. His mother has confirmed it is him in the video. Please stop with the "just a jogger" bullshit narrative. Avid joggers don’t wear khaki shorts & stop to break into homes."

She added:

"Daily mail has published the full 4 minute video of Ahmaud Arbery WALKING* up the street, and then ENTERING a private property which was under construction. As I said: He didn't deserve to die but the 'just a jogger' narrative was a race-baiting LIE."

Black conservatives reacted with anger to Owens' tweets. They distanced themselves from Owens.

Jonathan Throwe, former South Carolina director for the BLEXIT movement, said Owens will do anything to please white people, including criminalizing a Black man after death.

Throwe said he left the BLEXIT movement because he resented Owens portraying Black America negatively in the face of white supporters.

"She will blatantly ignore the facts that would equally cause White America to have to look in the mirror themselves on key issues," he said.

"I decided to resign from BLEXIT to prevent being associated with someone who doesn't speak for Black people, but speaks against Black people."

Diante Johnson, President of the Black Conservative Federation, asked, "Why is she so hateful?

And Shermichael Singletary, a conservative political commentator for cable news, addressed Owens indirectly: "If you're Black & conservative and your [sic] only purpose is talking down your own community for applause & acceptance from white people, you have a problem."

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News4Jax reporter Kelly Wiley tracked down the owner of the renovation property where Ahmaud Arbery was caught on video just minutes before he was gunned down by the son of a former police detective on Feb. 23.

Travis McMichael, 34, and his father Gregory McMichael, 64, are awaiting trial on felony murder and aggravated assault charges in Arbery's death.

The videos, published on May 10 by News4Jax, show a man who appears to be Arbery visiting the construction property on multiple occasions - day and night - as far back as October 2019.

In one undated video recorded at 2 a.m., a shirtless Black man is seen wandering around inside the unoccupied house that was under renovation. All of the videos appear to be of the same man.

The man seen on surveillance video in the house on February 23 was positively identified as Arbery by attorney Ben Crump, who represents Arbery's father.

Crump said the videos don't change the events leading up to Arbery's murder. Arbery did not appear to take anything from the house, and the videos do not justify the shooting that happened after he exited the house.
 

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The new prosecutor in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case is already drawing comparisons to Tammy Kemp, the Black Texas judge who was heavily criticized for embracing former cop Amber Guyger at the end of her murder trial.

Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the shooting death of her Black neighbor Botham Jean.

The Internet gave a unanimous vote of no confidence to Joyette Holmes, the Black Cobb County prosecutor who was tapped to lead the Arbery murder case on Monday.

Arbery, 25, was killed by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

Holmes is the 4th prosecutor to take over the case.

Black Twitter users reacted with anger after Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed posted a photo of Holmes posing with law enforcement officers in Cobb County, a majority Republican district north of Atlanta.

"There is no point in having black ppl in the justice system they are worse than the white ppl," tweeted on user. "All they care about is their status and pleasing white ppl. It’s a slap in the face honestly."

"Why didn't they just get Diamond and Silk??" wrote another.

"Another Tammy the mammy," tweeted a third user.

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Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday named Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes to take over the Ahmaud Arbery murder case, NPR reported.

Holmes will be the 4th prosecutor and the first Black woman to lead the investigation.

Arbery, 25, was killed by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

Travis McMichael, 34, and his father Gregory McMichael, 64, a retired police detective, were arrested last week and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

In a statement on the Cobb County district attorney's Facebook page, Holmes said, "Our office will immediately gather all materials related to the investigation thus far and continues to seek additional information to move this case forward."

The previous prosecutors recused themselves because they were either friends with or colleagues of the suspects.

Holmes was previously both a prosecutor and defense lawyer in Cobb County, according to her bio on the county website.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed they are reviewing new surveillance video that shows Ahmaud Arbery was trespassing inside a property under construction.

The new video conflicts with the narrative that 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was out for a jog when he was confronted on the road and fatally shot by father and son white supremacists in Brunswick, Georgia.

Arbery was gunned down on Feb. 23 in Satilla Shores, a working class majority white neighborhood in Glynn County in south Georgia.

The triggerman, Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, former cop Gregory McMichael were arrested on Thursday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault by the GBI.

Cellphone video shows Travis McMichael and Arbery wrestling over Travis' shotgun before Arbery was shot 3 times and bled out on the ground.

Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, said her son was out jogging in the neighborhood when he was shot and killed.

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But new surveillance video obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper shows a person who appears to be Arbery walking near a construction site just down the road from his fatal encounter with the McMichaels.

Arbery, wearing a white t-shirt and khaki shorts, is seen entering a house under construction through the open garage. He disappears from camera view and moments later, he quickly emerges from the house through the front door.

A neighbor wearing overalls stands across the road observing the construction site. A car passes, and a minute later, Arbery runs down Satilla Drive toward Travis McMichael's house.

According to ABC News, Travis called police 12 days before the shooting to report seeing a Black man enter a nearby construction property. The man ran off and Travis waited out front until police arrived.

Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing Arbery's father, said the new video doesn't change the facts that Arbery was simply "out for a jog," and his murder was not justified.

"Our office has reviewed the surveillance video which appears to show a person, believed to be Ahmaud Arbery, entering a property under construction," Crump said in a statement on Saturday. "The individual remains on the property for under 3 minutes before continuing to jog down the road. This video is consistent with the evidence already known to us. Ahmaud Arbery was out for a jog. He stopped by a property under construction where he engaged in no illegal activity and remained for only a brief period. Ahmaud did not take anything from the construction site. He did not cause any damage to the property. He remained for a brief period of time and was not instructed by anyone to leave but rather left on his own accord to continue his jog.

"Ahmaud's actions at this empty home under construction were in no way a felony under Georgia law. This video confirms that Mr. Arbery’s murder was not justified and the actions of the men who pursued him and ambushed him were unjustified. We reiterate, Ahmaud Arbery did not take part in ANY felony, had no illegal substances in his system, was not armed yet was shot three times with a shotgun at close range."

Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery Sr., spoke to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB at a rally on Saturday.

"If he committed a crime, why don't you call the authorities?" Marcus Arbery said. "But you came at him like you were hunting an animal."

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Two white men were arrested Thursday and charged with the death of an unarmed Black male who was gunned down while running through a majority white neighborhood in Brunswick, Ga. on Feb. 23.

Georgia authorities charged Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, former cop Gregory McMichael, 64, with murder and aggravated assault in the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.

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The suspects were booked into the Glynn County Detention Center late Thursday.

The McMichaels and a neighbor pursued Arbery in a pickup truck and a car as he ran down a street in Satilla Shores, a majority white, middle class enclave in Glynn County.

Arbery was shot three times, Glynn County Coroner Marc Neu said. He died at the scene, "bleeding out" within minutes.

Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, said her son was out jogging. But the McMichaels claimed Arbery was a "burglary suspect," and they believed they were within their rights to kill him in self-defense.

Arbery's death sparked national outrage that peaked Wednesday with the release of a cell phone video that showed the violent confrontation between Travis McMichael and Arbery before he died.

The Glynn County police on Wednesday called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) to determine who leaked the cell phone video to the media.

Brunswick defense attorney Alan Tucker identified himself Thursday as the person who leaked the video to WGIG radio station.

In a statement to News4Jax, Tucker said he wasn't representing any side in the case. He said he released the video "because people had the right to know" and "because my community was being ripped apart by erroneous accusations and assumptions."

Tucker did not say how he obtained the video. The shocking cell phone footage put tiny Brunswick, Ga. in the international spotlight.

Outraged celebrities and politicians weighed in on the case. Former Vice President Joe Biden said the video is "clear" and Arbery was ambushed and "killed in cold blood." He wrote that his heart goes out to Arbery's family and he called for a transparent investigation into the "murder".

President Trump was criticized for not commenting on the case earlier. Trump told reporters on Thursday: "It's a very sad thing... but I will be given a full report this evening."

Whoopi Goldberg was among those who criticized President Trump for waiting to comment on Arbery's death. "If two Black men shot a white guy, Trump would be outraged," she said.

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Two men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, former cop Greg McMichael, 64, were taken into custody and charged with murder and aggravated assault, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced late Thursday.

The McMichaels are charged with pursuing and shooting 25-year-old Arbery as he ran down a road in a majority white neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

His mother insists he was jogging, but the McMicaels say he was caught on video burglarizing a home.

Arbery's death sparked protests that exploded into rage with the release of a graphic video that shows the violent confrontation between Arbery and Travis McMichael that ended in Arbery's death.

Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the case on Twitter.com Tuesday. He said the video is "clear" and Arbery was ambushed and "killed in cold blood." He wrote that his heart goes out to Arbery's family and he called for a transparent investigation into the "murder".

Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp called the video "absolutely horrific" and promised to "find the truth".

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LeBron James was criticized on Twitter by ESPN journo Jason Whitaker for saying Black men are hunted in America "everyday/everytime".

James reacted angrily to the graphic video that shows Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

"We're literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the....."

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Whitlock tweeted that James's response was "not helpful", "Twitter trolling" and "shit stirring."

"This isn't helpful. It's twitter trolling. It's using this man's tragedy to build a brand as more outspoken than Michael Jordan. There are all kinds of ways to draw attention to this tragedy. Suggesting that we are hunted everyday/every time is just shit-stirring."

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Former NBA star Matt Barnes defended James, tweeting: "You always got some shit to say.. wtf are you doing, besides coonin?"

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Arbery, 25, was shot and killed by Travis McMichael, 34, who, along with his father, former cop Greg McMichael, 64, pursued the former high school football player through an upscale majority white neighborhood.

The McMichaels would later say they believed Arbery was burglarizing homes in the neighborhood.

A grand jury will decide whether to charge the McMichaels with murder. There have been no arrests.

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A Georgia prosecutor on Tuesday recommended a grand jury review of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man who was killed by two white men while running through a majority white neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23.

District Attorney Tim Durden announced he would present the case to the grand jury to determine if any charges should be filed against the two men.

A graphic dash cam video, that showed the fatal shooting, was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the case on Twitter.com Tuesday. He said the video is "clear" and Arbery was ambushed and "killed in cold blood." He wrote that his heart goes out to Arbery's family and he called for a transparent investigation into the "murder".

The video footage shows Arbery, 25, running at a jogger's pace along a leafy street in Brunswick's south end on Feb. 23. He was confronted by a former cop, Greg McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34.

Travis McMichael and Arbery struggled over a shotgun while Greg McMichael pointed a .357 magnum at Arbery from the bed of his pickup truck.

Three shots rang out. Arbery was shot in the chest and collapsed face down in the roadway. He died where he fell, bleeding out on the pavement. There were no arrests in the case.

Before recusing himself, George E. Barnhill, the district attorney for Georgia's Waycross Judicial Circuit, wrote a long letter explaining why he didn't bring charges against the McMichaels.

Calling Arbery a "burglary suspect," Barnhill concluded Travis McMichael "was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself."

But Michael J. Moore, an Atlanta lawyer, told the New York Times in an email that Barnhill's opinion is "flawed".

Moore said the McMichaels appear to be the aggressors in the confrontation, and they were not justified in using deadly force under Georgia's self-defense laws.

"The law does not allow a group of people to form an armed posse and chase down an unarmed person who they believe might have possibly been the perpetrator of a past crime," Moore wrote.

President Trump has not weighed in on the Arbery case.
 

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A Georgia prosecutor will convene a grand jury to determine if any murder charges will be filed against Greg and Travis McMichael in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

District Attorney Tim Durden announced he would present the case to the grand jury, hours after a dash cam video, that showed the fatal shooting, was uploaded to YouTube.

The video footage shows Arbery running at a jogger's pace along a leafy street in Brunswick's south end on Feb. 23. Up ahead of him, a pickup truck idled in the roadway.

Arbery attempted to run around the truck but he was confronted by Travis McMichael, 34, who was armed with a shotgun. While Travis confronted Arbery in the street, Greg McMichael, 64, aimed his .357 Magnum at Arbery.

Shouting is heard and Arbery and Travis are seen struggling over the long gun. Three shots are fired -- two from the shotgun and one shot from the .357 Magnum. The last shot, fired by Travis, struck Arbery in the chest.

The 25-year-old stumbled a few feet away and collapsed face down in the street. He died where he fell, bleeding out on the pavement.

The video renewed angry calls for murder charges against Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael, who are Caucasian.

"As I've stated, before this was instigated and perpetrated by the shooters," said Brunswick NAACP President John Davis Perry, II. "They placed him in a position in which he had to fight for his life. This video is appalling!"

Greg McMichael, a former Glynn County cop, said he acted in self-defense when Arbery tried to disarm his son. McMichael told police Arbery was "hauling ass" down the street after he was spotted in a neighborhood where homes had been burglarized in the past.

McMichael, who recently retired as an investigator with the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, told police they followed Arbery because they believed he was responsible for home break-ins.

Durden's grand jury announcement was welcome news to Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, 47.

She was on the phone with Glynn County Commissioner Allen Booker when she heard about the video circulating online.

"They must pay for killing this innocent young man, after hunting him down like a dog," Booker said.

Arbery's supporters have compared his case to the 2013 shooting of unarmed Trayvon Martin by an overzealous neighborhood watchman, who was later acquitted.

Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Trayvon's parents, announced Tuesday he is now representing Arbery's father.

George E. Barnhill, the district attorney for Georgia's Waycross Judicial Circuit, recused himself from the case, as did Greg McMichael's former boss, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson. Barnhill's son works as a prosector in Johnson's office.

Barnhill stated a video exists that shows Arbery burglarizing a home that was under construction and only partially closed in.

In a letter to the prosecutor, Barnhill said because Arbery was a "burglary suspect," the McMichael had "probable cause" to chase him under the state's citizen's arrest law.

Barnhill concluded Travis McMichael "was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself."

He said Arbery may have caused his own death by pulling on the weapon while fighting for control of it. Barnhill also cited Arbery's "mental health records" and prior convictions on weapons charges, obstructing an officer, and shoplifting.

Michael J. Moore, an Atlanta lawyer, told the New York Times in an email that Barnhill's opinion is "flawed".

Moore said the McMichaels appear to be the aggressors in the confrontation, and they were not justified in using deadly force under Georgia's self-defense laws.

"The law does not allow a group of people to form an armed posse and chase down an unarmed person who they believe might have possibly been the perpetrator of a past crime," Moore wrote.

Cooper-Jones said her son should not be judged on his criminal past.

"I knew [old charges] was coming out," she said. "He wouldn't harm a flea. His spirit was so humble. I think I raised him well."