Gregory and Travis McMichael — the father and son charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery — will remain in jail after the pair was denied bond by a judge on Friday afternoon (Nov. 13).
“I’m relieved they’ll stay behind bars,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, told reporters after the decision. “Today was a good day.”
The hearing carried over from Thursday (Nov. 12) during which Cooper-Jones made a passionate plea for the two men to stay in jail until their hearings.
“Those guys are dangerous. If they get out — and if they’re confronted again — they would be willing to kill again,” she said, adding, “I don’t think they are remorseful at all.”
Thursday’s hearing focused largely on the father and son’s character with prosecutors reading Travis’ racist texts and social media posts to the judge. In one text, Travis used a racial slur for Black people while speaking about “shooting a crackhead... with gold teeth.” In a social media post, he used a derogatory term while referring to an Asian individual.
Travis, Gregory and William Bryan were indicted by a grand jury over the summer after Arbery’s shooting death in February. The three suspects followed Arbery in their car while the 25-year-old was out jogging. Shortly after, there was a struggle over a firearm that the McMichaels had brought with them, and Arbery was killed.
Earlier this month, Bryan said it was “manifestly unjust” that he was being held without bail. His lawyers claimed that although Bryan was “armed only with a cellphone and located more than 50 ft from Mr. Arbery at the time of the shooting,” he “languishes in the Glynn County Detention Center.” All three men are charged with four counts of felony murder, one count of false imprisonment, one count of malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.