On Monday, Cobb County District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes, a black woman, was appointed as the fourth prosecutor in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man gunned down in February by two white men while on a jog in Brunswick, Ga.
The father-and-son suspects in the case, Gregory and Travis McMichael, are accused of murder and have ties to the local law enforcement community. Their arrest came after video of Arbery’s killing was released months after the crime was committed.
Holmes takes over from the most recent prosecutor, Tom Durden, who requested that the case go to someone else, as it had grown too big for his office amid national scrutiny. The two previous prosecutors recused themselves from the case, citing professional relationships with the older McMichael, who was a former county police officer.