The former district attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit has been indicted for how she allegedly handled the case of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old black man who was fatally shot after a father and son pursued him through their neighborhood in early 2020. The father told police that he and his son were pursuing a suspect in a recent string of burglaries, but Arbery’s family maintains he was out for a jog.
The attorney, Jackie Johnson, received the case shortly after the incident and, during that time, sought the advice of another prosecutor, George Barnhill. Johnson, who previously worked in the same office as one of the suspects, then recused herself and handed the case to Barnhill without disclosing that she had previously sought his help with it.
Her actions amounted to “showing favor and affection” to the older suspect, according to the indictment.
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