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Ahmaud Arbery‘s mother says the father and son accused of murdering her son did not give him a chance to go home … so they shouldn’t get to go home either.
Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke in a Georgia courthouse Thursday at the end of a long bond hearing for Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, who are trying to convince the judge they should be released. They’ve been in jail since May when they were charged.
Ahmaud’s mom says the 2 men are trying to present themselves as the good guys and her son as the criminal, while ignoring what she believes is an absolutely unjustifiable killing.
According to Cooper-Jones … the McMichaels are just as dangerous now as they were on the day Ahmaud was killed, and it would be another injustice to let them go home while they wait for their trial.
Earlier during the hearing, a handful of character witnesses spoke on behalf of Travis and Gregory and why they believe they should be granted bond. Travis’ mom and friends said he’s a great father and a happy person who would pose no threat of fleeing.
Likewise, Gregory’s wife and coworkers said he poses no flight risk, and his landlord said he’s always been a good tenant.
The judge did not make a decision yet, but is expected to when the hearing continues Friday.
William “Roddie” Bryan, the man who authorities say recorded Ahmaud’s slaying, was not involved in this hearing, but was first denied bond back in July, when a judge deemed him a flight risk.
As we’ve reported … all 3 men were indicted by a grand jury back in June, and they’re facing 9 felony charges … including 4 counts felony murder, 1 count of malice murder, 2 counts aggravated assault, 1 count of false imprisonment and 1 count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
The 3 defendants last appeared in court together in July, when they all entered not guilty pleas.
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Authorities say Travis fired the fatal shots during a struggle with Ahmaud on February 23 while Bryan recorded the incident. A GBI detective previously testified Bryan told police he heard Travis call Arbery a “f***ing n*****” after shooting him.
Protesters gathered in front of the courthouse Wednesday before marching and chanting “no bond.”
Originally Published — 6:45 AM PT