Hopes of a new witness dashed in case of slain Georgia black jogger

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Hopes of discovering a new witness in the case of an unarmed black jogger whose deadly capturing in Georgia triggered a nationwide outcry have been dashed Thursday afternoon.

FILE PHOTO: A person stands subsequent to the memorial for Ahmaud Arbery, on the place the place he was shot and killed in February after being chased by a white former legislation enforcement officer and his son, in the Satilla Shores neighborhood, on the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S., May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Dustin Chambers/File Photo

The notice discovered on the memorial of Ahmaud Arbery studying “I should have stopped them” was left by a particular person “expressing their condolences” and never a new witness in the case of the jogger who was shot after being chased by an ex-cop and his son, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) stated in a Twitter publish.

“We received numerous tips and inquiries related to this and wanted to be sure to update the public.”

The group and the household of Arbery, 25, noticed the notice, which drew nationwide media consideration, as a potential signal of new proof, stated James “Major” Woodall, Georgia state president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“The main thing was that we wanted this preserved and examined by law enforcement,” stated Woodall. “It was potential new evidence.”

A GBI spokesperson didn’t reply to cellphone calls or emails looking for further remark.


The single-page, unsigned notice was found earlier this week by a tv information crew on the memorial, arrange in the sufferer’s hometown of Brunswick, about 300 miles (480 km) southeast of Atlanta.

More two months after the Feb. 23 slaying, a white former legislation enforcement officer and his son, who have been seen on the video chasing the 25-year-old jogger, have been arrested final week and charged with aggravated assault and homicide.

The capturing was reminiscent of a spate of killings of black males in latest years that concerned white cops or former officers. Outrage over the killings and the response to them by the U.S. felony justice system led to the formation of the Black Lives Matter motion and nationwide protests.

“Ahmaud – I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry,” the notice reads in full. It was posted on the web by a number of media retailers.

The two suspects, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, have been arrested and charged on May 7, after the native district lawyer requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to probe the case.

Their arrests got here simply days after the discharge of the video, which set off the nationwide furor led by civil rights activists and celebrities.

The video was taken by William “Roddie” Bryan, who advised the police he was a bystander and uninvolved.

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an inquiry on why expenses weren’t introduced sooner and whether or not to cost the suspects with federal hate crimes.

Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Dan Grebler, Bill Tarrant and Richard Chang