Black woman appointed as the new prosecutor for Ahmaud Arbery’s murder case

by Duke Magazine

It has been reported that the Georgia’s attorney general will appoint a new prosecutor to handle the case of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, due to the personal disqualification of the current prosecutor from the case.

The official announcement came on Monday, May 11 via Atlanta station WSB-TV Atlanta, which gave a report of naming Joyette Holmes, an attorney at Cobb County district, and who is an African-American to handle the high profile case.

It would be recalled the case has rolled through the desks of three different prosecutors, beginning with Glynn County prosecutor, Jackie Johnson who excused herself due to conflicts of interest, as did Ware County prosecutor George Barnhill.

Some weeks after the February 23 ill-fated incident, the case got into the hands of Tom Durden, Liberty County D.A., who gave a recommendation of the case being taken to a grand jury. 

The accused father and son, Gregory McMichaels, 64, and Travis McMichaels, 34, were arrested week in connection with the deadly shooting, and being charged with felony murder with respect to the leaked video on social media clearing showing the murder.

According to The Washington Post, Georgia attorney general, Chris Carr, has also asked for the involvement of the Justice Department in the case.

Holmes, who is a Republican, became the first Black woman to serve as Cobb County D.A., when former prosecutor Vic Reynolds got the appointment of the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the agency that brought charges against the McMichaels. Before her appointment as the district attorney, she was Cobb’s Judicial Circuit’s Chief Magistrate.

It was gathered that Team Roc, the social justice arm of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation had sent a request letter to Georgia State Governor, Brian Kemp, with Carr and Durden making request for the appointment of a new prosecutor.

There has been loads of trolling on the social media of from Black American communities across the U.S requesting for the Justice Department to make the killers of the 19-year-old boy wail to the wrath of the law. 

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