Ahmaud Arbery’s heartbroken mother hopes her son’s murderers will spend the rest of their lives behind bars
Ahmaud Arbery’s heartbroken mother has said she hopes her son’s murderers will spend the rest of their lives behind bars, revealing that he was born on Mother’s Day in 1994, so this weekend will be “ particularly tough ” without him.
Wanda Cooper, the mother of the 25-year-old unarmed black jogger who was shot and killed by a white father and son ‘vigilante’ team, spoke about her son’s brutal murder on what would have been his 26th birthday and beat law enforcement because he hasn’t tried his murderers in months.
“Today was a very emotional day because it was his birthday,” she said CNN tonight Friday.
“I felt better after last night’s arrests. But the weekend is going to be very difficult, because I had Ahmaud on Mother’s Day in 1994. ”
Ahmaud Arbery’s heartbroken mother, Wanda Cooper (above), said she hopes her son’s murderers will spend the rest of their lives behind bars and revealed that he was born on Mother’s Day in 1994, so this weekend will be “ particularly difficult are without him
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were eventually arrested on Thursday and charged with murder and serious assault for Arbery’s death in Brunswick, Georgia, in February after images of the attack leaked online Tuesday and sparked outrage in America.
Cooper accused authorities of releasing her son’s murderers for a whopping 74 days 74 days after his death, saying they simply copied the “words of the actual killers.”
“I think they took the words from the actual killers,” she told CNN.
“They took their word, they believed what they said, and they had no intention of making an arrest.”
Cooper said she now hopes justice will be done to the McMichaels.
“What I’m looking for is that those boys – all the boys involved in my son’s murder – may go to prison for the rest of their lives,” she said.
Wanda Cooper, the mother of the 25-year-old unarmed black jogger who was shot and killed by a white father and son ‘vigilante’, spoke on CNN tonight Friday about what would have been his 26th birthday
Ahmaud Arbery in the photo. Cooper accused the authorities of freeing her son’s murderers for a whopping 74 days 74 days after his death, saying that they simply copied the ‘words of the actual killers’
The family’s lawyer, Lee Merritt, who also spoke on the show, called for justice to be given to prosecutors who did not prosecute the killers.
“We need to get out those DAs who have decided not to prosecute – we have to go after them,” he said.
Merritt said the McMichaels had only come under public pressure this week.
“The video already existed, it was part of the investigation … it was the audience who saw the video and allowed us to add common sense and raise our voices and demand that these men be arrested,” which led to action against the suspects, he said.
“We’ve been asking the officer’s office for this video for months since this happened and we didn’t get a copy of it,” he added.
The Brunswick DA office is under fire for handling the case.
The first two DAs dismissed themselves from the case, and the third passed it to a grand jury before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) intervened and took over the investigation – leading to subsequent McMichaels arrests.
Two Glynn County Commissioners have alleged that prosecutor Jackie Johnson, Brunswick DA, prevented police from arresting the suspects for being friends with Gregory McMichael.
Bryan (left) in the photo with his lawyer Kevin Gough (right) Friday said he was ‘in his yard and this is just starting to happen for him’, so he got in his car and went to the scene
Agents who had investigated the scene of the fatal shooting told Johnson’s office that they had reason to arrest the father and son at the time, but the prosecutor shut them down, they said.
Gregory McMichael worked as a researcher in Johnson’s office until his retirement in 2019, causing Johnson to withdraw from the case a few days after the shooting.
“She closed them to protect her friend McMichael,” Glynn County Commissioner Allen Booker told The Atlanta Journal Constition.
DailyMail.com contacted the DA’s office for comment, but a representative was not available.
It has also been found that Gregory, who worked as a researcher in the Brunswick DA’s office, helped prosecute Arbery in the past, Barnhill revealed.
In a letter to Georgia attorney general Chris Carr, who charged himself with the case, Barnhill said that his son and Gregory “ both assisted in the earlier prosecution of (Ahmaud) Arbery. ”
Gregory, who retired in 2019, had not reported his involvement in the case to the police.
At a news conference on Friday, GBI director Vic Reynolds said “there is more than enough likely cause for felony murder in this case.”
Reynolds explicitly declined to criticize the local police, but admitted “there were things that needed to be done and done yesterday.”
“Considering we hit the ground on Wednesday morning and obtained warrants for two for murder within 36 hours – I think that in itself speaks volumes,” he said.
The man who filmed the shocking footage could also be arrested, the GBI confirmed Friday.
William “Roddie” Bryan, a neighbor of Gregory and Travis McMichael, filmed the attack and the number of calls for his prosecution is increasing.
Bryan broke his silence on Friday, saying he was following Arbery because there had been ‘a number of crimes nearby’ – despite police saying no break-ins were reported in the two months prior to the jogger’s murder.
Ahmaud Arbery and his mother Wanda Cooper Jones. Bryan may also be arrested for his part in the murder after watching and shooting footage of the attack, authorities said Friday
He was first portrayed Friday since his cell phone footage uncovering the brutal murder of the innocent jogger was leaked this week as his lawyer protested his innocence.
Bryan finally broke his silence about the black jogger’s murder at the hands of the white ex-cop and son, claiming that he was only a “witness” and not an accomplice in the shocking attack.
His lawyer Kevin Gough denied that Bryan was armed at the time of the murder and insisted that he is “not a vigilante” as calls from the victim’s family continue to grow for his arrest in connection with the murder.
Gough also said the shooting just ‘starts'[ed] happens to him ‘and Bryan had handed the footage over to the police’ immediately ‘after the incident.
Gough said Weekend TODAY Bryan had arrived on the scene after seeing Arbery running through the neighborhood and being chased by the McMichaels in their truck.
“He was in his yard and this is just starting to happen for him,” Gough said.
“He gets in his car and tries to document it.”
Vic Reynolds, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (photo in the photo), said the authorities “are investigating everyone involved in the case, including the person who shot the video.”
When asked why Bryan followed the attack and filmed, his lawyer said ‘he was trying to get it [Arbery’s] photo … because there had been some crimes in this area and he didn’t recognize him and a vehicle he did recognize was following him. ‘
However, Glynn County Police Lieutenant Cheri Bashlor confirmed on Friday that no break-ins had been reported in the area in the seven weeks prior to Arbery’s death.
Bashlor said CNN only one incident was reported on January 1, when someone stole a firearm from an unlocked truck outside McMichaels’ house.
Waycross Judicial Circuit Prosecutor George E. Barnhill said in the memo, obtained by USA Todaythat all three men were “pursued by a burglary suspect”.
Exclusive photos show the time when Gregory McMichael (pictured) and his son Travis McMichael were arrested at their home in Brunswick, Georgia on Thursday,
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation officer is seen leading handcuffed 34-year-old Travis McMichael out of the house
Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, are depicted in their mugshots. It has also been shown that Gregory, who worked as a researcher in the Brunswick DA office, has prosecuted Arbery in the past
The lawyer who leaked the images shot by Bryan to the media revealed on Friday that he did it because he thought it would clear the McMichaels of every crime.
Lawyer Alan Tucker told Inside Edition on Friday that he was a close friend of the two men charged with the murder of Arbery.
“I really thought that releasing the video would reveal the truth to the public,” said Tucker.
‘If he [Arbery] had just been frozen and had done nothing, he would not have been shot. ‘
But after the video was uploaded to the Internet on Tuesday, it quickly went viral and caused nationwide outrage.
Believed Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden said it showed the McMichaels killed Aubrey “in cold blood.”
The father and son were subsequently arrested on Thursday and charged with murder and serious assault.
Many Americans are outraged that it has taken more than two months for the attackers to be arrested.
Protesters gathered in front of the Brunswick courthouse on Friday – which would have been the victim’s 26th birthday.
A crowd of several hundred people, most of them masked, sang “Happy Birthday” in his honor outside the Glynn County courthouse.
President Donald Trump broke his silence about the murder that shocked America, calling the video calling Arbery’s murder “ disturbing. ”
“I looked at a photo of that young man. He was in a tuxedo … I will say that seems like a really good young guy, ‘said Trump Fox & friends Friday.
“My heart goes out to the parents and the families and friends,” he added, saying that he believed Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, would “investigate” the matter “strongly.”
People respond Friday morning at a meeting outside the courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man, which would have been his 26th birthday.
Protesters gathered on Tuesday for a march through Brunswick – the same day shocking footage of Arbery’s death went viral
‘[Brian Kemp] is going to do what’s right. It is heartbreaking. That was very rough, rough stuff.
“Getting justice is the thing that offers the solution [racial problem]. Again, it is in the governor’s hands and I am sure he will do the right thing. It could be something we haven’t seen on tape. When you saw it, it went off tape and then back on tape. ‘
The McMichaels first came to trial individually on Friday afternoon via a video link from Glynn County Jail.
Magistrate Judge Wallace Harrell ruled that the warrant for both charges should be determined by a higher judge. Both men were read and spoke only to confirm their name. Nor had lawyers represented them in court, and no further hearing dates were planned.
Arbery was shot and killed by the McMichaels while jogging on February 23.
The killers evaded prosecution for more than two months, after the father and son team initially claimed they believed Arbery was a burglar after a wave of thefts in the area and attacked them when they attempted to arrest a civilian.
But shocking cell phone footage – taken by Bryan – was leaked this week, revealing that the two men were chasing and shooting the victim in the street.
The video showed the men ambushing Arbery as he tried to run past their pickup truck.
In the moving images, Arbery is seen jogging on the left side of a road.
A truck is parked in front of him. Gregory sits in the bed of the truck, while Travis is standing next to the open driver’s door.
Arbery crosses the road to pass the passenger side pick-up and then crosses in front of the truck.
A shot sounds and the video shows Arbery struggling with Travis on the street about what appears to be a rifle or rifle.
A second shot can be heard and Arbery can see Travis hitting. A third shot is fired at an empty range. Arbery staggers a few feet and falls down.
The leak of the video sparked outrage across the country with LeBron James, Justin Bieber, and Kendall Jenner all calling for the McMichaels to be charged with murder.
The GBI took over the investigation Tuesday after the video was released and the McMichaels were eventually arrested and charged with murder and serious assault on Thursday.
Arbery can trip on the floor when the clip comes to an end
Shocking mobile phone video captured the moment when the McMichaels confronted Arbery on the street. In the footage, Travis is seen in a physical battle with Arbery before shooting him with a shotgun
TIMELINE OF CLOSED PROCESSING OF THE CASE
February 23: Ahmaud Arbery is shot and killed in the street in Brunswick, Georgia.
Gregory and Travis McMichael had gone into their car with guns to chase him for mistaking him for a burglar.
When they caught up with him, Travis got out of the car.
Jackie Johnson took herself back because McMichael was working in her office
Greg says they told Arbery they wanted to talk to him and he attacked Travis. A battle ensued and Travis fired his pistol twice, killing 25-year-old Ahmaud.
Late February – First Prosecutor recovers on his own
Brunswick prosecutor Jackie Johnson stepped out of the case because Gregory was working as an investigator in her office.
Mid-April – The second prosecutor says he will not file charges and then makes the decision himself
George Barnhill said that Ahmaud initiated the fight
George Barnhill got the case.
He initially said he thought it was not worthy of indictment because the McMichaels were acting lawfully by trying to execute a civil arrest, which is legal in Georgia.
He also said the video shows ‘Arbery reaching for Travis’ gun.
Barnhill took himself back because his son, also known as George Barnhill, works in the office where McMichael used to work
However, the first shot is fired when the pair is not in the picture.
When the camera slid back towards them, they struggled against the side of the vehicle again.
Barnhill said Travis stood his ground by firing three shots that hit Arbery.
He was later forced to use himself again after his son was found working for the Brunswick prosecutor, where Gregory was serving.
May 5 – Third Prosecutor hands it to the grand jury
Tom Durden is the third prosecutor to bring the case to his office.
He said his office would approach it without prejudice.
This week, he announced that he would not decide whether or not to charge and that he will convene a grand jury to adopt it.
May 7 – Georgia Bureau of Investigation files costs
The GBI announced that it had made allegations of murder and serious assault against Gregory and Travis on May 7.