Last week, the Cobb County District Attorney was appointed to prosecute the case. Judge Walmsley’s appointment comes after judges in the Brunswick area where Arbery was killed voluntarily recused themselves. Gregory McMichael previously worked as an investigator for a local district attorney and a police officer.
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Walmsley, 51, was appointed to the Superior Court, Eastern Judicial Circuit, in February 2012 by then-Governor Nathan Deal, according to his online biography on the Chatham County government page. He previously worked as Chatham County magistrate and was a partner in a Savannah law firm, where he specialized in commercial and real estate litigation.
Walmsley received his law degree from the Tulane University in 1996 and bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 1991 from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.