11:54 AM PT — 5/8 — Arbery’s murder suspects just went before the judge via video conference to face their charges. They were read their rights and told a Superior Court judge would make a determination soon about bond.
However, we have confirmed with the Glynn County Magistrate Court Clerk that both Travis and Gregory McMichael will not get bond due to the severity of the charges.
Outside the courthouse, a crowd gathered to sing happy birthday to Ahmaud. He would have been 26 today.
Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael — the white father and son seen on video confronting Ahmaud Arbery and then shooting him — have been arrested for murder.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations arrested the McMichaels Thursday … both have been booked into Glynn County Jail for murder and aggravated assault.
Both men had been free since the February 23 incident, but when the video leaked this week there was mounting pressure for them to be arrested. The GBI officially took over the case Thursday from local cops in Brunswick, GA.
The haunting video showed Ahmaud jogging down the street when he was stopped and confronted by the McMichaels. A brief struggle between Travis and Ahmaud took place before gunfire … and Ahmaud fell to the ground.
A 911 call from that day was also released Thursday. In the call, you can hear who appears to be Gregory McMichael talking to a dispatcher, saying, “He’s running right now. There he goes right now.”
There were allegations of corruption because the elder McMichael used to be an investigator for the Glynn County D.A.’s Office. After the video came out, the D.A. formally asked the GBI to investigate the now 2-and-a-half-month-old case.
Originally Published — 5/7 5:45 PM PT