A stout jury in coastal Glynn County indicted archaic Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson on prices of violating her oath of office and hindering a legislation enforcement officer.
Arbery became killed Feb. 23, 2020, after a white father and son, Greg and Travis McMichael, armed themselves and pursued the 25-yr-Dim man in a pickup truck after recognizing him running in their neighborhood exterior the coastal city of Brunswick.
A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan joined the lumber and took cell phone video of Travis McMichael taking pictures Arbery at stop range with a shotgun. The McMichales acknowledged they believed Arbery became a burglar and that he became shot after attacking Travis McMichael with his fists.
Police did now not payment any of them without prolong following the taking pictures, and the McMichaels and Bryan remained free for bigger than two months till the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case. All three had been charged with execute in Would possibly possibly 2020 and face trial this plunge.
Greg McMichael had worked as an investigator in Johnson’s office and left her a cell phone message following the taking pictures.
The indictment says Johnson showed “settle on and affection” toward Greg McMichael in the investigation and interfered with law enforcement officers at the scene by “directing that Travis McMichael may aloof now not be positioned below arrest.”
Johnson has insisted she did nothing shocking, announcing she without prolong recused herself from the case because Greg McMichael became a archaic employee. She instructed an exterior prosecutor, Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill, who became appointed to the case and concluded no prices had been warranted. Barnhill later stepped aside after Arbery’s family popular he had a son working for Johnson as an assistant prosecutor.
Johnson lost reelection closing yr, and blamed the controversy over Arbery’s death for her defeat. She did sooner or later return a phone message searching for statement Thursday.