Greg McMichael and his son, who were both armed, chased Arbery in Travis McMichael’s pickup truck through the Satilla Shores neighborhood. Bryan soon joined in the chase in his pickup and took the infamous cellphone video that showed Arbery being hemmed in and then charging at Travis McMichael, who killed Arbery with three shotgun blasts.
The McMichaels and Bryan contend they were making a valid citizen’s arrest because they believed Arbery had burglarized a home under construction and was fleeing. Prosecutors say no citizen’s arrest was justified, and they note Arbery, who was running through the neighborhood, had no stolen items in his possession when he was killed.
The upcoming trial is expected to receive national attention.
The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has ravaged Glynn County because of the highly contagious delta variant and a low vaccination rate (45%) of county residents. To date, 254 residents of Glynn have died of the virus, and 31 of those deaths have occurred in just the past two weeks.
A rate of 100 confirmed and suspected new cases per 100,000 county residents is considered a “high community spread” by the Georgia Department of Public Health. At the end of August, Glynn County’s rate hit a staggering 2,900 cases per 100,000 residents.
On Wednesday, the state health department reported the rate of Glynn’s COVID-19 cases was still high but improved at 1,446 per 100,000 residents.