The February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man from Georgia, has dominated headlines in recent days. However, it took over two months for the white men who killed him — Gregory McMichael, and his son, Travis McMichael — to be arrested.The case, which has triggered outrage across the nations and calls for justice for Arbery, is now in the hands of a fourth district attorney and even prompted a Department of Justice investigation.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, set out for a jog in Brunsick, Georgia, one afternoon in late February.He never made it home. Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, both of whom are white, say they mistook Arbery for a burglary suspect. So, they grabbed two guns, hopped into their pickup truck, and pursued him. Arbery was shot during an altercation with the pair, and died of his wounds. He was buried six days later, but the men who killed him roamed free for more than two months.
This incident was thrust into the national spotlight in early May when a video filmed by a witness, showing the gruesome footage of Arbery’s final moments, was uploaded to social media and shared widely. It has since led to the arrests of the McMichaels on felony murder and aggravated assault charges, been assigned to a fourth district attorney, and prompted widespread anger and calls for justice.Here’s how the Arbery case unfolded.