As for the federal case, the McMichaels and Bryan will have a court date before a U.S. Magistrate Benjamin Cheesbro in Brunswick for a first appearance, arraignment and bond hearing. That has been scheduled for May 11.
Also undecided is which case — the state murder case or federal hate crimes case — goes to trial first. The general, although not mandatory, rule is that the case that was indicted first — in this instance, the state’s case — would be the one that’s tried first.
Arbery, who was Black, was shot and killed Feb. 23, 2020, outside of Brunswick. The three defendants — Travis McMichael, 25, who fired the fatal shotgun blasts; Greg McMichael, 65; and Roddie Bryan, 51 — are white.