Ahmaud Arbery’s three murderers plead not guilty to federal hate crimes

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In Georgia, the three white men indicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery — a 25-year-old Black man who was chased down and shot to death while out for a jog last year — have pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges. The men — retired police officer Greg McMichael, his son Travis and their friend William Bryan — also face numerous charges in Georgia, including felony murder.

In related news, Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp on Monday signed legislation repealing the 1863 citizen’s arrest law that’s being used to defend the three men. The law allowed citizens to arrest another person if an alleged crime was being committed. The men who killed Arbery claimed, without any evidence, he had committed a burglary.

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