Update on Ahmaud Arbery shooting in Georgia
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation holds a news conference over developments in the Ahmaud Arbery shooting.
in Glynn County, Georgia. He was charged with the offense is a felony murder and criminal attempt to commit the film the offense of false imprisonment. The defendant was arrested around 5 35 35 yesterday evening, and Glynn County without incident, was turned over to the Green County Sheriff's Department and was booked into that local jail. I just want to take a moment this morning and to thank some of our partners in this case who have assisted us to this point of the investigation, of course, the Glynn County Sheriff's Department for their assistance yesterday, along with Georgia State Patrol and the FBI. I also want to take a moment on behalf of the bureau to think that cop district attorney's office in this homes left for their involvement assistance throughout the course of this investigation. Once they became involved, I want to take a moment as well, live it more of a personal note and thank the armory family for their patients. I think the city of Brunswick and Glynn County and the state of Georgia and the citizens here for their patients well, as most of you will recall who've been following this case the G B I was requested to become involved. I think today's our 16th day of the investigation. When we first became involved, we respectfully requested citizens of Brunswick, Glynn County in the state of Georgia and, to some extent, this country Grandison patients to allow us to conduct the investigation that's been done on. I want to tell you on behalf of this bureau, we sincerely appreciate that it wasn't an easy thing to ask. We became involved. We knew the case was already over two months old. It was not that way to this bureau because May 6 was our first day of hitting the ground running investigating the case. But we certainly realized it was a case that has been around a while. It's a case that has generated a great deal of emotion and passion. We respect that, and so I cannot begin to tell you from the bottom of our heart as an agency how much we appreciate the city, the county state and, to some extent, this country granting this agency the ability and the patients to do our job. Also, if you will indulge in just a moment, I want to thank the agents of the FBI, for they're disciplined, methodical approach. In this case, I'm proud of the agency worked virtually non stop since the morning of May 6th in conducting this investigation said a moment ago. This is our 16 day of conducting the investigation, proud of the agents worked with day in and day out. As I told you back when I stood before you two weeks ago today, we intended on turning over every stone. In this case. Agents have done that, and I'm very proud of the work they're doing. And I appreciate them procedurally. What will happen at this point? We have a few more things to do in the course of the investigation. Not sure how long it will take us to do those that it should be a relatively short period of time. Once we do that and we have the investigation button down, we will turn that file over to Miss Holmes and Hearst out. Let her speak in a moment. Procedurally, What would be the next step for them after she gets through speaking, I'll certainly make myself available. The answer questions. Do you want to give you a gentle reminder that this is an active, ongoing murder investigation. I cannot and will not speak factually about case I can't. This case eventually is going to be tried in a court of law cannot be tried out here in the open. It has to be tried in a sterile environment of courtroom until I respect that and appreciate that questions about procedure process, things of that nature. I will do everything I can to answer those questions. But I didn't want to just give you that reminder that restricted from addressing the facts of the case, those will come out in a court of law. So again, thank you for your time this morning. I'll have miss home speak, and then I'll make myself available for any questions. Thank you. Good morning, everyone. Joy at homes. The district attorney for the cob judicial circuit. Our office will be handling the prosecution of the case against those who are charged in the murder of a modern armory. We have been grateful for the confidence that the Attorney General, Chris Carr, has put in our office toe handle this case, as we've said before in our previous statement, that we're going to make sure that we find justice in this case, we know that we have a broken family and a birth and community down in Brunswick. No, I do ask. I know that there are a lot of people who have questions about next sets about the facts about where we go from here. But we ask that you allow us to try those things in the courtroom for the sanctity of this case and just making sure that we're able to do what we as prosecutors are called to do as Minister of Justice, the G B. I has been great in the 10 days that our office has been assigned to this case and letting us have input and have discussions about where this case moves. They have been a wonderful partner. Tow us in doing that. The Aubrey family has certainly been grateful for the interest in this case. But again, as questions continue to come up, we prefer that we handle those in the courtrooms and in those next steps, I thank you so much I have today with me, my chief investigator, Charles Prescott, to my left. Excuse me, your right. As well as the deputy chief investigator, Richard Randolph. And they have been working with the agents in the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to get to this point. So thank you again. I appreciate the opportunity Director Reynolds to be here this morning to address some of those they just to let everyone know that the confidence that I have in the office of the district attorney and cock county in the team that we have a simple to prosecute this case. Thank you. I will try my best to addressing questions you haven't. I know you have a few this morning feel. Allow me. I'll just start up and work my way. Left, right, Armed at the time of the incident again, I'm not going to speak about the facts of the case. I think the warrant speak for themselves. What we believe happened. What? He was charged not being disrespectful. I just Yes, the question is, with what the status is regarding the investigation that we've been asked to do about potential prosecutorial misconduct. As you recall, we were asked by the Attorney General's office to conduct a separate and distinct investigation into that the bureau was doing that. I don't have a timeline on that but I do anticipate it's not gonna take us much longer to finish it. Once that's completed, what will procedurally happen is we will turn that file over to the attorney general's office. They will be the deciding agency or entity. And what if anything, happens in that regard? Our agents, a separate team of agents, are conducting that investigation. It again, I don't have a definitive timeline, but I can't impossible in telling you that. I anticipate it will be much longer until we're through with that. I don't know if there was a proverbial last straw. I will tell you that in conducting an investigation. What what I would ask folks to remember is that we don't go into a situation of this nature investigating a person or persons. We go in investigating a set of facts, and once we start turning stones over, sometimes there's one or two stones underneath there that need to be turned over. And once we reached a point and it was probably sometime Wednesday afternoon wins the evening when we began speaking with our folks there that we've reached the point in conjunction with Cop District Attorney's Office that we were convinced probable cause existed to make those charges. We proceeded to do that yesterday. It wasn't a proverbial last moment of epiphany or anything of that nature. It was just an accumulation of various things that were there in various things we discovered over the last 16 days. Nothing more than a Michael. Were you able to determine that? I will say the s and again not speak on the fact they'll come out in a court of law. But I can tell you that if we believe he was a witness, we would have arrested, you know? So there's probable cause, and we're comfortable with that. Yes, sir. Way have accumulated a number of pieces of video in case I'm not going to speak specifically about what we took from him. Uh, but eventually, that will come out in a court of law. But suffice it to say there are a number of pieces of video that helped us get to this point. Yes. You could say to report that Brian is using struck a lot. I would I won't speak to that specifically, I would refer you to the warrant, particularly on the one on false imprisonment. I think it speaks for itself. Yes, ma'am, I just wanted to ask if you could elaborate more on the reported Facebook posts of neighbors in the community, saying that they were going to be looking out to potentially send a message to people coming into their neighborhood. I'm not comfortable. Speaking of that now will tell you that we've looked. Our agents have looked over a ton of Social Media Post, and the majority of those will be made part of this file, which we turned over to the district attorney's office in any investigation, particularly one of this next, where we've charged three people, there's a great accumulation of pieces of evidence that eventually go into the deciding factors again. I'm not being flippant. Being disrespectful to your question. I just I don't want to get any more into it than that. Yes, ma'am, just do you think that for the rest of motor? Attn. This point? I don't anticipate that. I will tell you that. Um, A said a moment ago. We're finishing up the investigation into the murder again. There's no timeline. I don't anticipate us being being doing much more into the case before we button it up. Give it to the district attorney's office. But I will tell you this. As I said back on two weeks ago today in Brunswick that we go wherever the facts take us. And you know, if the facts took us in another direction to another person, we would go there right now. I do not anticipate that. Yeah, I was gonna ask you about Mr Brian without going into the investigation. Was the first person that contact it's about. I don't want to say that. I don't want to answer that question yet. I will tell you that. That is, I think that warrants again indicate what we believe in a confident his involvement. WAAS As far as we contact the police, if he was one of contact at least I'm sure that cop D A's office would introduce that in evidence with appropriate Cuban. Put on your former prosecutor hat on for a moment and put in perspective for folks. We know that Brian did not pull the trigger. So why would someone like him in these circumstances be charged with murder? Well, I certainly think that's a fair question. I understand peoples concern or curiosity about that But again, I would point you to put the warrants indicate felony murder is a crime in Georgia. We're if you can if you're committing a felony crime and that crime ends up in the death of another human being and that's a felony murder. And so a za warrants indicated he's charged with an underlying felony. He's also charged with felony murder, so we believe the evidence would indicate that his underlying felony have caused the death of the harbor. It'll be the cop district attorney's job, their responsibility, which they take home to prove that in a court of law. But they've been involved with us in the decision making of this particular arrest. I think there's confidence way are they'll be able to prove that up before long. When that comes. Thank you. There was a text message that was sent from a police officer. Property owner essentially urging him. Mr. There were concerns about trespassers on his property. Is that police officer or any police officers under investigation? You know, I don't want to speak on that directly. I will tell you that things that that are relevant to this murder case we've looked at and are continuing to look at if they're relevant to the murder case. What I would ask people to remember is that sometimes things happen in the case where perhaps acts or foolish or perhaps acts or something that societally speaking we frown upon doesn't mean they're criminals. We have to be able to differentiate. My father often told me differences in criminal acts and difference between acts of people who have the head stuck up the rear. And so there's a difference. And so and to answer your question, if the investigation leads to other folks, you know those charges will be filed. If they don't, they won't out any additional arrests. In this case. I'm not ruling that out, but I will tell you at this point we feel confident that individuals who needed to be charged happen. George. Yes. Well, I'm sorry. Don't what we're working with. Yeah, we're working hand in hand in conjunction with them federal authorities. I've always been great partners with FBI. They are in this case is Well, I think it's suffice to say it's a single investigation being ran together Now, ultimate, there may be different decisions made on a federal level on a state level right now, we are working hand in hand with you. Yes, that's you know, if you were recalled, what the request that came to the bureau was to investigate whether or not there was any prosecutorial misconduct, whether not that leads to any criminal situations. Christian, I can't say at this point I will tell you that the request was specific as to for the not look at the conduct prosecutors involved on the front into this case. We are doing that for interviewing individuals were putting that file together. Will be turned over to Chris Cars Office in question from his home major. These homes, are you considering a request for venue change for this trial? So it's a little early in the process to discuss the venue change. I anticipate that that will come up, that motions will be filed to that effect, and when it happens, we'll go through the process of giving that done enough. Have you spoken to the armory family in this process? And what are you saying to this? To reassure them that this case will be tried. I have spoken to the family way started those conversations on the day that our office was appointed to handle this case. We continue those conversations along with our team. They know and are aware that we have victim advocates in our office that are assigned specifically to their family to help them through the process so that they understand step by step, what we're going to be doing. And so most of our conversations have been about that requests also to help us to get to know a my So as we go through this process, we can make sure that as the facts and the law come together that we're doing the right thing by the case, When is the bond hearing and preliminary hearing gonna be Michael's? None have been scheduled as of yet. I do anticipate that council for each of the defendants in this case that they will file a request for that. So our office is focused on the prosecution of the case and where the facts and the law lead us to make that prosecution. We understand that they're going to be those distractions because people want to add narratives to the case that don't involve the prosecution. But we're doing the right thing by what we do. Our prosecutorial code of conduct requires that we be ministers of justice and seek that on only that in cases. So while it may be a distraction and people are talking about, those things were not making that our priority, our primary focus. But we've had complete confidence in the investigation that the TV I has done in this case they have allowed us. Certainly, since we've been in the case to talk through what that investigation has yielded, that's far. But the discovery process in the full case file that process is a little bit down the road. One that's probably more of a question for the director in that. That investigation started 16 days ago a little bit before our office was involved. Following up on that just a little bit for you. You talk about the rule that you were. Investigators play they together. Well, right now, they've worked in great collaboration with the agents in the FBI who have been working this case. So right now we're going to continue that. One more question. Many people have said that there you're No, it would not. Can you recap the two assistance names real quickly for me. My chief investigators, Charles Prescott in my deputy chief investigator is Richard right up. Thank you, I think. No. You know, I'm not going to speak of what we found in that. That's something again, factually. They have to come out. I don't want to wrap up and say this and I'll let you get to your business. Uh, on behalf of the Bureau, I can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate the interest in this case. I know there's been a great deal, I will tell you that there's been a lot of questions posed to us. Has been a lot of phone calls made to us way appreciate the community's involvement. The reality is we make their decision based on facts in the case, and I stand before you today and tell you that's exactly what we've done in this case. Agents have made arrest based on facts in the case. I'm proud of the fact that they haven't made any arrests based on any type of pressure in the top of social media, on top of phone calls or anything of that nature, and I think that's exactly the way this system works, I hope in the end that are involving in this case, the way you handle the case hopefully brings an air of credibility to the criminal justice system. Particularly here in our state, Are very proud of the agents I'm proud to partner with, Miss Holmes. Thank you for your time this morning. And I appreciate it. Thank you so much. Thank you.