At least 1 defendant is requesting bail, citing COVID-19 concerns of being in jail.
The three white men charged with the murder of a Black jogger in south Georgia pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Chatham County Superior Court, in a case that spurred a national outcry after cellphone video of the shooting appeared on the internet.
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, who was killed on Feb. 23 just outside the coastal town of Brunswick, became a touchstone in cross-country protests over racial and social justice in the United States.
A former law enforcement officer, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, are charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Their neighbour who took the cellphone video, William (Roddie) Bryan Jr., 50, was charged with murder and attempt to illegally detain and confine. Bryan was arrested a few weeks after the McMichaels were.