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The U.S. Justice Department announced federal hate crime charges against the Georgia men who shot "jogger" Ahmaud Arbery as he left a vacant house in their neighborhood.

Gregory McMichael told police Arbery attacked his son, Travis McMichael, before Travis shot and killed him on Feb. 23, 2020.

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Arbery was killed after a witness spotted him leaving a vacant house that was under construction. Arbery's family said he was out jogging.

According to the indictment, the McMichaels "armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at Arbery, using their truck to cut off his route and threatening him with firearms."

A third man, William "Roddie" Bryan, followed 25-year-old Arbery in a pickup truck prior to the shooting. Bryan's cell phone recording was placed in evidence against the father and son.

Bryan was arrested in May 2020 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and charged with felony murder after he told investigators he tried to help the men stop Arbery.

In Georgia a person can be charged with felony murder if they contributed to another's death.

All three men were indicted Wednesday on one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The three men have been jailed since their arrests. They are due back in court in May.

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Omaha PD

Omaha police have arrested a public school employee after he confessed to killing a convicted pedophile in an anonymous email to the news media.

Police arrested James Fairbanks, 43, and charged him with criminal homicide in the death of Mattieo Conduluci (right), whose body was found near 43rd and Pinkney late Saturday night,

The email sent by "Stop Predators," said "I killed Mattieo Conduluci Thursday May 14th."

According to KETV, the anonymous sender said he was looking for an apartment in the area when he discovered Condoluci's name was on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. He described Condoluci standing in his driveway pretending to wash his truck while staring at a group of children playing in the street.

Conduluci was previously convicted of raping a child and served less than 3 years in prison. He was released for good behavior.

"Having had my own experience with these type of predators I knw [sic] the damage he would do to those kids," Fairbanks wrote in the email. "I've worked with kids for years who have been victimized and I couldnt [sic] in good conscience allow him to do it to anyone else while I had the means to stop him."

He added: "I know in this messed up judicial system that means I will face far more severe punishment for stopping him then he did for raping KIDS."

There have been calls from the public to raise money for legal defense for Fairbanks, who worked as a school corrections officer.

His wife, Kelly Tamayo, said Fairbanks probably killed Conduluci because he, "like all parents, was disgusted with that man's actions and wished justice."

She described her husband as "a protector who cared for some of the most vulnerable and victimized children."

She said "Developmental Services of Nebraska had to create a special award for him because he never had to restrain kids and was always able to verbally de-escalate them. Many of them were victims of sexual abuse."

Omaha Public Schools confirmed Fairbanks worked at Morton Middle School from 2016 to 2018 and most recently worked for the middle school alternative program.

Bethany Arceneaux

A Louisiana kidnapping victim is safe at home after her family members rescued her and killed her captor.

Scott Thomas Police say Scott Thomas, 29, of Leonville, abducted his former girlfriend, Bethany Arceneaux, 29, from a daycare center where she arrived to drop off their son on Wednesday, FOX News reports.

Police say Arceneaux exited her vehicle and was confronted by Thomas who forced her into his car and drove away, leaving their 2-year-old son behind.

Derrimetria Robinson told USA Today she was standing in the doorway of her home around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday when she saw a woman, Arceneaux, drive by honking her car horn.

She said she saw the driver park at the daycare center and run to the back passenger door of her car.

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