Georgia judge denies bond for father and son in Ahmaud Arbery case

Publishedduration15 hours agoimage copyrightGeorgia Bureau of Investigationimage captionTravis McMichael (left) and Gregory McMichael were detained in May

A Georgia judge has denied bond for a father and son charged in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man, after two days of hearings.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, are accused of murder and aggravated assault.

Prosecutors presented evidence of racially charged text messages by the younger McMichael, as friends and family were questioned about the pair.

Mr Arbery, 25, was jogging in February when he was confronted and killed.

For more than two months afterward, police did not charge the McMichaels, who are white, until the shooting attracted widespread media attention and provoked outrage.

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In court, prosecutors said that Travis McMichael had used racial slurs in a text message and on social media. Zachary Langford, a childhood friend of the younger McMichael, testified that his friend was respectful and "got along with everybody".

Asked by prosecutors about a text exchange with Mr McMichael, in which he wrote about a "crackhead… with gold teeth", Mr Langford said he thought his friend was "referring to a raccoon". Mr Langford also said his friend had expressed remorse for Mr Arbery's death. "He was having trouble sleeping, lost his appetite."

The McMichaels had asked for the two counts against them to be rejected, claiming they were charged in a legally flawed indictment.

Outside the courtroom on Thursday, the victim's mother Wanda Cooper Jones said she believed the McMichaels were "dangerous" and should remain in jail before their trial. "Ahmaud wasn't allowed to go home, them going home would be totally unfair."