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Suspect in Jogger's Death 'Knew Him' From Another Case

A prosecutor says his son worked on an 'earlier prosecution' of Ahmaud Arbery
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2020 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A suspect in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black jogger might have known him already, CNN reports. A Georgia prosecutor says his son and suspect Gregory McMichael had worked on an "earlier prosecution" of the victim, Ahmaud Arbery, when both worked at the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office. The prosecutor, George Barnhill, made the claim in an April 7 letter to the Georgia attorney general's office recusing himself from the case. McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael, are accused of murder and aggravated assault in Arbery's death. They claim Arbery resembled a burglary suspect and they killed him when he resisted a citizen's arrest. For more:

  • Which prosecution? Barnhill's son is a prosecutor and McMichael a former investigator for the Brunswick DA's office—but in what case did they encounter Arbery? The Brunswick News has reported that police arrested him in 2012 for taking a handgun to a high-school basketball game, and his family's attorney, Lee Merrit, says Arbery was arrested in 2018 for shoplifting.

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