Now that Gregory and Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan have been convicted for the homicide of Ahmaud Arbery, the Justice system will concentrate on the previous Brunswick District Lawyer, Jackie Johnson.
Gregory McDaniel labored for Johnson as an investigator in her workplace earlier than retiring in 2019. An hour after his son Travis had shot Arbery twice, killing the 25-year-old, information present Gregory McMichael known as Johnson and set into movement an virtually equally terrible miscarriage of Justice.
Arbery’s household believes that decision during which McDaniels left a voicemail message for Johnson led to a 74-day delay in arresting the three males and virtually prevented the case from transferring ahead to trial.
Officers with the Glynn County Police Division who have been investigating Arbery’s homicide additionally reached out to Johnson’s workplace for recommendation on what to do.
Prosecutors declare Johnson’s alleged response to these calls is why there’s a two-count indictment towards her for violating her oath of workplace and hindering legislation enforcement.
Based on the September 2 indictment, Johnson obstructed legislation enforcement “by directing that Travis McMichael should not be placed under arrest, contrary to the laws of said State.”
The extra severe depend alleges that Johnson violated her oath of workplace “by showing favor and affection to Greg McMichael during the investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.” Which is a felony punishable by as much as 5 years in jail.
The indictment additionally defined that whilst she recused herself from the case as a result of of her connection to McMichael, Johnson influenced the investigation by steering it to close by Waycross Judicial Circuit District Lawyer George Barnhill.
Johnson then beneficial to the Georgia Lawyer Normal’s Workplace that Barnhill deal with the case, however she allegedly didn’t speak in confidence to the AG that she had already mentioned the case with Barnhill.
Barnhill subsequently concluded that “We do not see grounds for an arrest of any of the three parties.”
Arbery’s household believes that the investigation into their beloved son’s homicide may’ve ended at that second had it not been for the video footage that confirmed what actually occurred.
“She didn’t pull the trigger, but she is just as much to hold accountable as the three guys who actually did this to Ahmaud,” Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mom, stated after Johnson’s indictment.