Ex-Prosecutor in Ahmaud Arbery Case Accused of Shielding Defendants

A former Georgia prosecutor accused of shielding the men charged with killing unarmed Black man Ahmaud Arbery is now facing charges of her own.

Jackie Johnson was indicted on criminal misconduct charges Thursday for favoring the defendants in the case, Greg and Travis McMichael, the Associated Press reported

The charges include “a felony count of violating her oath of office and hindering a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor,” the AP reported. 

The indictment comes amid allegations that she used her position to protect the McMichaels, who are accused of chasing and killing Arbery while he was jogging in their neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020, according to the AP.

Johnson showed “favor and affection” to one of the men accused and interfered at the scene after the fatal shooting, telling police that one of the defendants shouldn’t be arrested, the AP reported.

The charges are a result of an investigation requested by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr that looked into her and other local prosecutors’ handling of Arbery’s death.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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