A used district attorney in Georgia became as soon as indicted Thursday on expenses of violating her oath of office and obstructing a police officer in connection with an investigation into the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Unlit jogger who became as soon as gunned down after three white men chased him in trucks.
Aged Brunswick Judicial Circuit high prosecutor Jackie Johnson is accused of exhibiting desire to one defendant in the killing, retired police officer Greg McMichael, 65, who had worked for her as an investigator.
The expansive jury indictment says Johnson instantaneous the appointment of one more county’s prosecutor to tackle the case with out revealing that she had previously sought the relief of that prosecutor in the Arbery investigation.
Johnson moreover is accused of improperly blocking the arrest of Travis McMichael, Greg’s son.
The McMichaels had chased and shot Arbery, 25, in their truck on Feb. 23, 2020, in Brunswick.
The attack became as soon as caught on movie by a third man, William “Roddie” Bryan, who became as soon as riding in the relief of them in one more truck.
Travis McMichael shot Arbery three times with a shotgun.
Johnson became as soon as the DA on the time of the killing. Even supposing she disqualified herself from handling the case as a prosecutor, the expansive jury indictment says she took a number of actions which ended up delaying the arrests of both McMichaels and Bryan.
The case against Johnson became as soon as presented to the expansive jury in Glynn County by Attorney Frequent Chris Carr.
“Our office is dedicated to making sure of us who’re entrusted to relieve are conducting their responsibilities ethically and in point of fact,” Carr acknowledged in a prepared issue Thursday.
“We thank the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Glynn County Huge Jury for their labor. While an indictment became as soon as returned on the present time, our file is no longer closed, and we will continue to investigate in characterize to pursue justice,” he acknowledged.
The McMichaels, who like claimed they notion Arbery became as soon as a burglar, ended up being charged with smash in Can also just 2020 after a third prosecutor, the DA for Liberty County, took over the case. Bryan became as soon as charged with smash later that identical month.
The three men, who like pleaded no longer guilty, are because of delivery up their trial if that is so subsequent month.
In April, both men, along with Bryan, had been charged with federal hate crimes and attempted kidnapping by a federal expansive jury.
Thursday’s indictment of Johnson acknowledged that on the heels of Arbery’s killing she instantaneous to the declare attorney fresh that Waycross Judicial Circuit DA George Barnhill assign over the case “with out disclosing that” she “had previously sought the relief of DA Barnhill on the case.”
The expansive jury acknowledged Johnson, in doing so, failed “to treat Arbery and his household somewhat and with dignity.”
If convicted of that prison price, violating a public officer’s oath, Johnson faces a sentence of between one and five years in jail.
Barnhill, after taking the case, had defended the behavior of the McMichaels and Bryan, writing to Glynn County Police that the men had “solid first hand doable situation off” to dawdle Arbery, a “housebreaking suspect,” and cease him.
The indictment moreover says Johnson knowingly and willingly hindered the just discharge of the responsibilities of two Glynn County police officers “by directing that Travis McMichael must silent no longer be placed under arrest.”
If convicted of that misdemeanor price, Johnson faces up to a year in jail.