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A Georgia man is charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Haley Hutcheson early Sunday.

William Marcus Wilson turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his attorney, who said Wilson was protecting his girlfriend when the fatal shot was fired.

The 21-year-old told police he was out with his girlfriend around midnight in Sharpsburg, GA, when they encountered a group of white teens who called them racial

Sharpsburg is located about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Georgia is a Stand Your Ground state.

After Wilson and his girlfriend decided to leave, the teens followed them, driving behind him and screaming racial slurs while playing music from the thriller movie "The Purge."

When the other group tried to drive them off the road, Wilson fired a warning shot, striking Haley Hutcheson, one of the people in the truck, according to a Change.org petition.

Statesboro Police Department later issued a warrant for Wilson's arrest "after detailed investigative work, forensic findings, and tips from civilians," according to The Statesboro Herald.

Wilson is charged with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault in Hutcheson's shooting death.

"This investigation benefited tremendously from information provided to detectives by persons in the community," Capt. Jared Akins said. "As with most cases, the public's cooperation was a vital element in ensuring a timely resolution to this homicide."

Wilson is currently being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.

Wilson's family created a petition to call attention to Wilson's case and make sure he receives a fair trial.

Update: Hutcheson's mother, Allison, posted this anguished message on social media.

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Update: Haley's sister, Brianna, commented that Alison is Haley's stepmother, and didn't really know Haley. She also asked why the boys in the truck weren't charged.

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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."
 

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A Pinellas County man who was convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a Black man during a convenience store parking lot dispute was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday.

Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested last year and charged with manslaughter in the July 19, 2018 shooting death of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, right.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone sentenced Drejka after listening to witness impact statements from McGlockton's family members, including his parents and Britany Jacobs, the mother of his four children.

"The defendant's weakness, his cowardice and his anger are the reasons Markeis is dead," said Jacobs, reading from a prepared statement. "Think about raising four children alone without their daddy. Without Markeis my world can never be whole again," said Jacobs.

She asked Judge Bulone to sentence Drejka to a maximum of 30 years.

Judge Bulone, who described Drejka as a "wannabe cop," refused the defense's request for a lenient sentence such as house arrest.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially refused to arrest Drejka, citing Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law that allows licensed gun owners to use deadly force if they feel threatened -- even if the other person is unarmed.

Drejka confronted McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs for parking in a handicapped spot outside the store. McGlockton, who was unarmed, was shot when he rushed out of the store to defend Jacobs.

Surveillance camera footage shows McGlockton shove Drejka to the ground. Drejka then shot McGlockton in the chest as McGlockton backed away from him.

Black residents complained to police that Drejka, who is white, threatened them and shouted racial slurs after they parked in the same handicapped spot.

Drejka was described as a menace to society who waved his gun at other drivers during road rage incidents.

Renisha McBride

More details are emerging about the mysterious death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who left her Detroit home Friday night and never returned.

Dearborn police had said they found McBride's body "dumped" on the outskirts of Detroit in suburban Dearborn Heights.

Local FOX affiliate WJBK even gave the exact location of where McBride's body was found: near Warren and Outer Drive.

McBride had been shot once in the head with a shotgun and left to die, police told her anguished aunt, Bernita Spinks.

"All our kids are getting killed. We're burying our kids. It's devastating," Spinks told Fox 2. She pleaded with the public to help identify her niece's killer(s). "Just as well as it's my niece and my sister's daughter, it could be your kid," she said.

Now police are telling an entirely different story about what happened to Renisha.

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In an exclusive interview with ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, juror B-29 said Zimmerman "got away with murder," and she apologized to the Martin family for voting to acquit him. Maddy was the only person of color on the all-female jury.

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Jay Z told Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson he didn't sleep for 2 days after hearing the not guilty verdict.

"We all knew there was still racism but for it to be so blatant... Didn't Trayvon have a right to stand his ground?" he said, referring to the controversial self defense law.

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Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is putting his money where his mouth is. Wonder, 63, told the audience at a concert in Quebec City that he won't perform in Florida until the controversial Stand Your Ground law is repealed. "You can't just talk about it, you gotta be about it," Wonder told the cheering crowd. Wonder added that he will not perform in any of the 22 states where the SYG law is on the books.

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