Soon after, William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., 50, who videotaped the shooting that took place on February 23, was also arrested and charged with murder.
A bill newly passed by the Georgia legislature allowing for stiffer sentences when a victim is shown to have been targeted because of race is not retroactive and can not be applied in the Arbery case, Merritt said.
Kevin Gough, a lawyer for Bryan, has said his client was just a witness.
Holmes said she would be moving forward with the prosecution of 64-year-old Greg McMichael, 34-year-old Travis McMichael, and 50-year-old William "Roddie" Bryan, and was looking at the next steps, though she acknowledged there will be a bit of a slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The incident in Brunswick was captured on a video, drawing a national outcry.
Holmes was appointed as the prosecutor after the case went through three prior attorneys were reassigned.
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Attorneys for Arbery's mother and father issued statements applauding the indictment and stressing their desire to see the three men convicted and sentenced for his death. Both malice murder and felony murder charges carry a penalty of life in prison, according to 11 Alive.
According to a breaking news report from NBC News, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael, his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael, and 50-year-old William "Roddie" Bryan were all charged with malice and felony murder in the February 23 killing of Arbery.
Holmes made the official announcement that George and Travis McMichael along with cameraman William Bryan have been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. The Cobb County D.A., Joyette Holmes announced the indictment on Wednesday during a press conference that comes over a month after they were arrested and held without bail.
Following the presentation of the case, the grand jury returned the indictment in under ten minutes.
There has always been some question as to when a grand jury could meet to hear this case because of Georgia's judicial emergency order. The defense team has found other facts "that are an integral part of the case", he wrote. Bryan, who filmed the killing, was later charged, as well.
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