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Suspects in Ahmaud Arbery case seek bond and want charges dropped

Attorneys for Travis McMichael say he is not a flight risk because he doesn't have a passport and is an “extremely devoted father” to his 3-year-old son.

Travis and Gregory McMichael Glynn County Sheriff’s Office

The father and son charged for the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was fatally shot while jogging, are looking to have their bonds set and two of their charges dropped, according to ABC News.

Court documents were filed on Thursday (Aug. 6) stating why the suspects met the criteria for a pretrial release. The attorneys for Travis said that his client was not a flight risk because he did not have a passport and “most importantly, his family, including his parents and three-year-old son, are here in Georgia.” They also said that he is an “extremely devoted father” who adores his 3-year-old son.

Attorneys for Gregory say that he also “meets the conditions for pretrial release on reasonable bond.” Additionally, they have asked for the court to set a hearing within the next 20 days.

Back in May, the father and son, along with William Bryan, were arrested on charges of felony murder, malice murder, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment for their involvement in the fatal shooting of Arbery. Bryan’s bond was denied last month.

Bryan and the McMichaels want the charges of criminal attempt to commit a felony and malice murder dropped. According to their attorneys, the malice murder count “charges two crimes in one count, making it duplicitous.”

“It does so by trading on vague and uncertain allegation regarding ‘unlawfully chasing’ in pickup trucks, which inserts an unspecified separate crime from malice murder, namely, ‘unlawfully chasing [Ahmaud Arbery] through the public roadways,’” the attorneys claim.

The attorneys also say that the criminal attempt to commit a felony count is also duplicitous because it “alleges both a completed crime — ‘unlawfully chase Ahmaud Arbery in pickup trucks’ and an attempted crime ‘attempt to confine and detain Ahmaud Arbery without legal authority on Burford Road using Ford F150 pickup truck and Chevy Silverado pickup truck.’”

REVOLT previously reported that all three of the suspects have pleaded not guilty to their charges.

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