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3 men charged with federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia

Arbery was killed while jogging during an encounter with Travis McMichael; his father, Gregory McMichael; and William "Roddie" Bryan last year.

Three Georgia men previously charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury and charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping.

Ahmaud Arbery.
Ahmaud Arbery.Courtesy of Family

Arbery was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, when Travis McMichael, 35, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 65, pursued him in their truck and shot him dead on Feb. 23, 2020.

William "Roddie" Bryan, 51, who was driving behind them in a separate truck, filmed the shooting.

Later, Gregory McMichael, a retired police officer, helped leak the video because he wanted "the public to know the truth," his attorney said in May.

The Department of Justice alleged Wednesday that the men confronted Arbery "because of his race."

The incident sparked outrage and spurred an international movement to draw attention to racism against Black runners, NBC News reported.

The McMichaels were also each charged with "carrying, and brandishing—and in Travis’s case, discharging—a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence," the DOJ said in a press release.

Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael, father and son, were each charged with murder in May.