Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old who was ambushed and murdered by father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, in Georgia while jogging back in February of this year, says she supports the death penalty for Ahmaud’s killers, stating, “Coming from my point of view, my son died, so they should die as well.”
According to Georgia state law, prosecutors can seek the death penalty if “the capital offense was outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible, or inhuman in that it involved torture, depravity of mind or an aggravated battery to the victim.”
This comes in the wake of the State of Georgia officials requesting from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to take over the investigation of the murder. The State of Georgia’s request specifically asks the DOJ to look into how the Glynn County District Attorneys previously overseeing the case handled the investigation.
In a major blow to the Glynn County prosecutors office, National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) issued a statement ridiculing the handling of the case by District Attorney George E. Barnhill. The irony is that the NDAA is a national organization representing District Attorneys and prosecutors.
You can watch more of what Ms. Cooper-Jones had to say, including speaking with the newly-appointed prosecutor, Joyette Holmes, above.
In another bizarre twist to this unfortunate case news has surfaced that the initial D.A. in charge of Arbery’s ambush and murder Jackie Johnson is being investigated for hiring and employing Gregory McMichael because the elder McMichael “was not properly certified to be a law enforcement officer.” Find the news clip from local news Georgia outlet News4Jax WJXT4 below.