Judge Denies Bond To Suspects In Ahmaud Arbery Case
Ahmaud Arbery’s life ended at only 26 years old when he was killed on February 23 by father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael. A judge has refused to grant them bond and court documents reveal why.
According to NBC affiliate WRDW, court docs statd Judge Timothy Walmsley denied Gregory and Travis McMichael because “the two men pose a significant risk of influencing witnesses and obstructing justice, are a flight risk, and pose a significant danger to persons, community, or property.”
It’s not clear which witnesses they could influence.
The court docs also say the McMichaels never saw Arbery commit a crime and there was no effort to talk with before killing him.
Arbery and Travis McMichael got into a scuffle where they wrestled over McMichael’s gun, which discharged a fatal shot. Another man, William Bryan, followed them and recorded the incident.
The McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault on May 7, which was 73 days after Arbery was killed.
Bryan was charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment charges. He was denied bond as well. He also faces possible hate crime charges and is currently under investigation for sex crimes.
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