ATLANTA — The killing of Ahmaud Arbery in a Brunswick, Ga. neighborhood has caused outrage throughout Georgia, the country and even the world.
Last week, investigators charged a father and son Greg and Travis McMichael with aggravated assault and murder 74 days after Arbery’s death.
As the case continues to unfold, here is a timeline of events known so far:
Feb. 23, 2020: Ahmaud Arbery is shot and killed while jogging in a Brunswick neighborhood.
Feb. 27, 2020: Brunswick District Attorney Jackie L. Johnson recuses herself from the case, citing a conflict of interest because one of the defendants, Greg McMichael, is a former investigator for her office.
Early April: Waycross District Attorney George Barnhill takes over the case and finds there is insufficient evidence to charge anyone for killing Arbery.
After pressure from Arbery’s family, Barnhill recuses himself citing a conflict of interest because his son is an attorney in the Brunswick DA’s office.
April 1, 2020: The Brunswick News receives a copy of the police reports from the Glynn County Police Department.
April 13, 2020: A third prosecutor, District Attorney Tom Durden of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, becomes head of the investigation.
April 29, 2020: Channel 2′s sister station Action News Jax obtains 911 calls from the day of the shooting.
April 30, 2020: The City of Brunswick releases statement saying it is aware of the events which resulted in the shooting death of Arbery:
May 5, 2020: District Attorney Durden recommends the case be sent to a grand jury to decide if any charges should be filed.
Hours later, video of Arbery being shot lands on social media, sparking outrage and calls for Greg and Travis McMichael to be arrested. [Full video can be watched here. WARNING: Video is graphic]
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is asked to take over the investigation.
May 7, 2020: Within hours of GBI taking over the case, Greg and Travis McMichael are arrested and charged with aggravated assault and murder in the death of Arbery.
The McMichaels are booked into the Glynn County jail.
May 8, 2020: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation held a news conference to go over its timeline of how they took over the case and made the arrests.
A massive rally is held outside the court house in Brunswick to honor what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday. Supporters across the country also ran or walked 2.23 miles in his memory.
Greg and Travis McMichael appeared in court where a judge denied bond for both men.
May 9: GBI says it has reviewed additional video footage in the Arbery case. One video appears to be from a surveillance camera at a Brunswick home near where Arbery was shot. A family lawyer said the video does appear to show Arbery, but that he was doing nothing wrong.
May 10, 2020: Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr requests the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the case.
May 11, 2020: Carr appoints Cobb District Attorney Joyette Holmes to take over the case from special prosecutor Thomas Durden. Durden has recused himself from the case.
The Justice Department said federal prosecutors are considering hate crime charges against the McMichaels.
May 12, 2020: The GBI launches a new investigation into the Arbery case looking into how it was handled by the offices of the District Attorneys of the Brunswick and Waycross Judicial Circuits.
May 18, 2020: During a late-night news conference, the attorney for the man who recorded the deadly shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, William “Roddie” Bryan, pleaded with the attorneys for the victim’s family to pull back on the threats because his client was getting death threats and feared for his safety.
May 19, 2020: The GBI returns to the Satilla Shores neighborhood after securing search warrants and agents go through the homes of Gregory and Travis McMichael, as well as vehicles that belong to the men.
May 20, 2020: Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson took to the radio to say she did everything right by recusing herself from the Ahmaud Arbery murder case as criminal, state and federal investigations put more attention on her office and the politics surrounding the investigation.
May 21, 2020: The GBI announces third arrest in the Arbery case. William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded the video of Arbery being shot, was charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
May 26, 2020: The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia announce they are looking into possible federal hate crime charges in the Arbery Case.
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