Trial in Ahmaud Arbery slaying set by judge for February

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FILE – This combo of booking photos provided by the Glynn County, Ga., Detention Center, shows from left, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. The Justice Department announced federal hate crime charges against the three men Wednesday, April 28,2021, in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a Georgia man who was killed while out for a run last year. All three are charged with one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.(Glynn County Detention Center via AP)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a trial in early 2022 for three Georgia men charged with hate crimes in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood issued a written order saying jury selection in the case will begin February 7th.

Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves, chased and fatally shot 25-year-old Arbery last year after spotting the Black man running in their neighborhood outside the coastal city of Brunswick.

Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase and was also charged.

The three men are already scheduled to stand trial in October on murder charges in a Georgia state court. They were indicted on federal charges in April.

Attorneys for all three men say they committed no crimes.

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