SAVANNAH, Ga. (WR) — The daddy and son jailed on homicide costs within the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery are asking a Georgia decide to grant them bond and to throw out two costs of their indictment.
Gregory McMichael and his grownup son, Travis McMichael, had been jailed and arrested in Could, greater than two months after Arbery was slain. The 25-year-old Black man was chased and fatally shot after the McMichaels, who’re white, noticed him working of their neighborhood simply outdoors the port metropolis of Brunswick.
Attorneys for each males filed authorized motions Thursday asking Superior Courtroom Choose Timothy Walmsley to set a bond that will enable the McMichaels to be freed pending trial. The decide denied bond final month for William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., a 3rd man charged in Arbery’s killing.
Attorneys for 34-year-old Travis McMichael argued he has no prior legal historical past and poses no danger of fleeing.
“He doesn’t have passport, and most significantly, his household, together with his dad and mom and three-year-old son, are right here in Georgia,” attorneys Robert Rubin and Jason Sheffield wrote.
Attorneys for Gregory McMichael, 64, requested for a courtroom listening to on his bond request. No date has been set.
Proper after the Feb. 23 taking pictures, Gregory McMichael instructed police he and his son armed themselves with weapons and obtained in a pickup truck to chase after Arbery, suspecting he was a burglar. They weren’t arrested till the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case and cellphone video of the taking pictures leaked on-line.
In June, a grand jury indicted each McMichaels and Bryan on costs of malice homicide, felony homicide, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and legal try and commit false imprisonment.
The McMichaels’ protection attorneys argued in a courtroom movement Thursday that the decide ought to reject the indictment’s malice homicide cost, saying it was written in a means that improperly “costs two crimes in a single rely.” They made an identical argument for tossing out the cost of legal try and commit false imprisonment.
A separate authorized movement by Bryan’s legal professional, Kevin Gough, argues that each one three defendants ought to be immune from prosecution, saying Travis McMichael legally fired his shotgun in self-defense when Arbery attacked him together with his fists.
GBI agent Richard Dial rejected that argument at a courtroom listening to in June, saying it was Arbery who was attempting to defend himself when Travis McMichael confronted him with a shotgun.