By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia, U.S. Congress, Public Domain, 2017.
Three Georgia men have been indicted by a grand jury for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. This was reported by CBS News at 4:06pm on June 24. A Georgia grand jury has indicted the men for the February killing of jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. The indictment has been filed against Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan for malice murder, four counts of felony murder, and two counts of aggravated assault. They were also indicted for false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Mr. Arbery was aged 25 at the time of his passing. He was murdered by George McMichael and his son Travis McMichael in a hate crime that was captured on video. The McMichaels alleged that they chased Mr. Arbery because they suspected him of burglary. They also allege that they “acted in self-defense” during the confrontation. It was two-and-a-half months before they were charged with murder and aggravated assault. This happened after the state began an investigation and the video of the killing became public.
William Bryan has been indicted in the Arbery case as well because the authorities state that Bryan “boxed” Arbery in with his truck so that he could not escape. Bryan is also the one who filmed Arbery’s murder on his cellphone.
The Georgia legislature has passed a hate crimes bill in the wake of Arbery’s murder, also citing CBS News. The bill has passed to Governor Brian Kemp. He intends to sign it pending its legal review. CBS cited the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The bill passed with an overwhelming majority. In the Georgia Senate, the vote came to 47-6 and in the House the vote came to 127-38.
House Bill 426 of the Georgia Legislature has been labeled “a bill to be entitled an act.”
“To amend Article 1 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, 2 relating to procedure for sentencing and imposition of punishment, so as to repeal certain provisions regarding the sentencing of defendants for crimes involving bias or prejudice; to provide criteria for imposition of punishment for defendants who select their victims based upon certain biases or prejudices; to provide the sanctions for such crimes; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA,” the Bill opens and then proceeds to describe the nature of punishing actions that will be taken against those who violate the impending hate crimes act.
Governor Kemp has commended the Georgia legislature for moving forward with the anti-hate crimes bill. This is citing Candice Broce, Governor Kemp’s Communications Director and Chief Deputy Executive Counsel.
“@GovKemp commends the General Assembly’s bipartisan work and will sign House Bill 426 pending legal review. #gapol,” said Mrs. Broce in a tweet that was posted at 2:44pm on June 23.
Georgia’s First Lady Marty Kemp was always swift to praise the new anti-hate crime legislation.
“I’m excited to announce that House Bill 823 passed by a Senate vote of 48-0. Many thanks to Representative @houstongaines, Senator @johnalbers, and their co-sponsors!,” said First Lady Kemp in a tweet that was posted at 11:08am on June 18, a few days before the bill headed for the Governor’s desk.